I realize this is a little old but it’s pretty dang awesome. Back in 2016 a NY Daily News writer claimed firing an AR-15 was a traumatic experience for him, even claiming it gave him a kind of temporary PTSD:
WASHINGTON TIMES – A writer for the New York Daily News said firing an AR-15 for the first time Monday left him with “a temporary form of PTSD.”
Gersh Kuntzman headed off to a Philadelphia gun range after Sunday’s terror attack in Orlando, Florida, to “better understand the firepower of military-style assault weapons and, hopefully, explain their appeal to gun lovers.”
The experience of firing 5.56 mm rounds from a semi-automatic rifle, which he likened to “a bazooka” — left him a shaken man.
“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 form of PTSD. For at least an hour after firing the gun just a few times, I was anxious and irritable,” he wrote Tuesday.
There was a huge backlash, as you might expect, and Kuntzman soon had to apologize for use “inarticulate use of the term to describe my in-the-moment impression of the gun’s firepower”.
At some point this teenage girl, no doubt a little older these days, put together a demonstration of her own to show just how absurd it was for the journalist to even suggest shooting an AR-15 was in any way traumatic. And you’re gonna love it:
Teenage girls destroys a liberal’s gun myth
— StayFrosty.357 (@ASimplePatriot) August 9, 2019
Just fantastic. In fact, the video was so good it’s still circulating on social media, which is why it caught my attention. I thought it’d be great for an open thread.