John Crudele, a columnist for the New York Post, received a sales email from the gun corporation Henry Repeating Arms.
He claims the ad was “nauseating” and destroyed his spirit of Christmas.
Crudele wrote “I got an email the other day from the Henry Repeating Arms Company, In the subject line was this: ‘Nothing says “Merry Christmas” Like An AR-7.’”
Crudele continued “In case you don’t know guns, an AR-7 is a semi-automatic rifle that can be used to defend your family, go hunting and — in the wrong hands — kill a lot of people.”
That description paints a damning picture of a rifle that killers are just itching to get their hands on.
The U.S. Air Force pioneered the AR-7 rifle as a survival tool.
The purpose was in case their plane went down in a remote environment.
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“At just 3.5 pounds, this sounds perfect also for people who want to wreak havoc on society,” Crudele warns, “especially since the AR-7 ‘can carry a large quantity of ammunition without adding much weight to your gear.’”
“And it can be disassembled, so you can sneak it into places like schools and movie theaters.”
Crudele fails to mention the rifle comes in one of the least powerful (yet still deadly) calibers available — .22 long rifle. Henry’s AR-7s come with an 8-round magazine, meaning a lot of time would be spent reloading.
It doesn’t exactly look like mass shooters are going to be lining up to get an AR-7.
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Crudele insists he isn’t completely against guns, and even claims to have shot a fully-automatic Uzi submachine gun.
“Sure, there’s the Second Amendment,” Crudele writes. “But the founders of this country, when they were drafting this amendment, had no idea what kind of guns would be invented two hundred years later that could kill large groups of people instantaneously.”