The headline contains some of the adjectives that Gersh Kuntzman used in his NY Daily News story about his experience shooting an AR-15 for the first time. Modern journalism has sunk lower than I thought possible. The sad thing is that some people will believe the stuff he has written.
I’ve shot pistols before, but never something like an AR-15. Squeeze lightly on the trigger and the resulting explosion of firepower is humbling and deafening (even with ear protection).
The recoil bruised my shoulder. The brass shell casings disoriented me as they flew past my face. The smell of sulfur and destruction made me sick. The explosions — loud like a bomb — gave me a temporary case of PTSD. For at least an hour after firing the gun just a few times, I was anxious and irritable.
Even in semi-automatic mode, it is very simple to squeeze off two dozen rounds before you even know what has happened. In fully automatic mode, it doesn’t take any imagination to see dozens of bodies falling in front of your barrel.
Reading this you would think it was written by some Special Snowflake that had just graduated some Ivy League school in Aggrieved Peoples Studies.
Instead it was written by a 51-year old man who is the deputy managing editor of the NY Daily News. Someone of an age that could be expected to have some measure of maturity and life experience. A Baby Buster and not a Millennial. Someone who didn’t just get participation trophies but actually had to work for it.
According to his resume, Kuntzman did graduate from the Ivy League (Brown with a degree in Russian). His bio, which may contains some padding, says he also attended the Sorbonne, the London School of Economics, and the Yale School of Drama. I can believe that last part!
I can take the drama but what pisses me off is the tossed off claim to “a temporary case of PTSD”. There are too many good men and women, both old and young, who put themselves in harm’s way for this country and now suffer the silent scars of PTSD. It is disgusting beyond belief to lay claim to PTSD – even temporarily – after a mere trip to an indoor range.
Gersh Kuntzman – you are beneath contempt! Take your yellow journalism and go back to writing your books about baldness and plays about SUVs.
UPDATE: Larry Correia has a great sendup of Mr. Kuntzman called “Ask Kuntzman”. It will have you snorting with laughter.