Stanley McChrystal, a former four star general and commander of U.S. and international forces in Afghanistan, stated on “Morning Joe” recently that he doesn’t think the firearms used on the battlefields of Afghanistan are really appropriate for, say, shooting at rabbits out in Iowa or scaring off crackhead burglars:
I spent a career carrying typically either an M16, and later an M4 carbine. And an M4 carbine fires a .223 caliber round, which is 5.56 millimeters, at about 3,000 feet per second. When it hits a human body, the effects are devastating. It’s designed to do that. And that’s what our soldiers ought to carry… [but] I personally don’t think there’s any need for that kind of weaponry on the streets and particularly around the schools in America.
The raging flower child even went so far as to suggest that the Second Amendment does not grant people the right to own whatever firearms they please no matter how lethal:
Seriously, I understand everybody’s desire to have whatever they want, but we’ve got to protect our children, we’ve got to protect our police, we’ve got to protect our population. And I think we have to take a very mature look at that.
McChrystal, whom we presume is a practicing vegan and hot yoga enthusiast, also claimed that aggressive legislative action is necessary to curtail gun violence:
I think serious action is necessary. Sometimes we talk about very limited actions on the edges, and I just don’t think that’s enough … I think we have to look at legislation. The number of people in America killed by firearms is extraordinary compared to other nations. And I don’t think we’re a bloodthirsty culture, and so I think we need to look at everything we can do to safeguard our people.
Which is exactly what you’d expect a goddamn hippie like McChrystal to say.
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