New York Daily News reporter Gersh Kuntzman likely didn’t set out to become the story when he took a trip to Frank Stelmach’s gun shop in Philadelphia to fire an AR-15. The owner of Double Tap Shooting Range and Gun Shop invited Kuntzman and his colleagues after several requests were turned down, leading to an interesting look at the weapon in action and a common sense standpoint on the status of gun ownership.
It isn’t perfect, but Kuntzman and Stelmach help to paint a picture of the AR-15 that is both acceptable for it to be owned by private citizens, but still points out that it is a weapon capable of immense damage. But it’s Kuntzman’s closing claim in his report that ruffled a few feathers across the Internet:
The recoil bruised my shoulder, which can happen if you don’t know what you’re doing. 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.
Even in semi-automatic mode, it is very simple to squeeze off two dozen rounds before you even know what has happened. If illegally modified to fully automatic mode, it doesn’t take any imagination to see dozens of bodies falling in front of your barrel.