Los Angeles—This lie is is accepted without question. The truth is there are only two major firearm advancements accomplished in well over a century ago! In 1808 the first fully self-contained cartridge was invented by Jean Samuel Pauly. It had a copper base with primer powder. The first semi-automatic pistol was created by Joseph Laumann in 1892. But the Borchardt pistol of 1893 was the first automatic with a separate magazine in the grip, and this remains the defining feature of the breed. That’s it, not a single additional’ development has changed the power or function of firearms in well over 130 years! All firearm improvements since were limited to ergonomics, cosmetics and sighting devices.
During the early 1960’s wood stocks of military rifles were replaced by modern plastic products that were both cheaper and lighter. The preferred color was black giving a somehow more menacing appearance. Of course the same changes were made for civilian semi-automatic rifles. Wood is still available but at a premium price. Rifles with wood stocks like the Ruger Mini-14 stayed off the gun haters radar simply because it was pretty.
The perception of modern firearms by the uneducated are massively exaggerated by Hollywood’s movies. A weapon’s power is assumed by the mere appearance of a firearm by the ignorant. Hollywood’s gross depiction of damage caused by bullets often defies every rule of physics with their film artistry and special effects. Films and TV shows are no small influence on lawmakers. There are no magic bullets. -
Gun rights haters call any firearm a, “weapon of war”. Some banned or heavily regulated fully automaton firearms are used in war. Certainly not the semiautomatic firearms available for civilian ownership even if they look like the military grade weapons.
We know that with today’s emergency medicine improvements over 85% of the people who are shot actually survive the experience. Ask any emergency room physician and they will tell you that surviving a knife wound is more less likely than a gun shot wound.
Our mentally challenged President recently made this crazy claim, that a plastic wrist brace added to a pistol would give it a higher caliber!