The Unmanliest Man In America

Gersh Kuntzman

Gersh Kuntzman

You can’t make this shit up.

From “Gersh Kuntzman” at the New York Daily News:

What is it like to fire an AR-15? It’s horrifying, menacing and very very loud

It feels like a bazooka — and sounds like a cannon.

One day after 49 people were killed in the Orlando shooting, I traveled to Philadelphia to better understand the firepower of military-style assault weapons and, hopefully, explain their appeal to gun lovers.

But mostly, I was just terrified.

Many gun shops turned down our request to fire and discuss the AR-15, a style of semi-automatic rifle popular with mass killers such as San Bernardino terrorist Syed Farook and similar to the Sig Sauer MCX rifle used by Orlando terrorist Omar Mateen.

But Frank Stelmach of Double Tap Shooting Range and Gun Shop invited me, videographer Michael Sheridan and reporter Adam Shrier to come down.


He loves the AR-15 for cops, soldiers, hunters and target shooters. “It’s fun to shoot something like that,” he said.

Not in my hands. 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.

I want to point out that the AR-15 does not come in “fully automatic mode”. But I’ll let 7-year-old Abby provide the rebuttal:

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119 Responses to The Unmanliest Man In America

  1. Myiq2xu™ says:

    John Wayne must be spinning in his grave.

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  3. 1539days says:

    Apparently, he also invented the condition known as temporary PTSD.

  4. Dora says:

  5. dm says:

    Signs seen in Central PA yesterday…Trump Digs Coal…looks like he has those votes.

  6. Myiq2xu™ says:

    • taw46 says:

      “On the basis of this kind of evidence, or rather lack thereof, the Baltimore State’s Attorneys are standing in a criminal court and seeking to have a Baltimore Police Officer with an apparently unblemished record sent to prison for a minimum of 30 years.


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  8. Myiq2xu™ says:

    God hates Orlando

    • votermom says:

      I just found out about that. That poor little boy. And his parents – what an awful awful thing.
      Disney needs to exterminate the gators.

      • taw46 says:

        You can’t exterminate them. There will always be another, alligators look for bodies of water. Signs were posted around lake, no recreational swimming. A sad story. Prayers to the family.

        • votermom says:

          I’ve heard that salt water crocs, like those in Australia, have been introduced into Florida. Those things are monsters – big, fast, aggressive.

          • taw46 says:

            Yes, much larger than alligators. I mentioned before I worked on a National Wildlife Refuge (Kennedy Space Center). There were thousands of alligators, many large ones, but I never heard of any attacks on people who worked there. And believe me, many times they would come up near facilities, even walking in some of the buildings when doors were open. Normally not aggressive. But will go after food, and worse time to be by the lake, it was night.

      • AFVet says:

        I heard the family was from Nebraska.
        No gators in Nebraska.
        2 year old boy not being watched closely enough?
        Hmmmm, sounds like Cincinnati.

    • DeniseVB says:

      Certainly hasn’t been the happiest place on earth this week. Even though signs were posted and ignored by the parents, I have a feeling they’re about to become very, very wealthy. I know, I know, my bad being so callous, but something stinks about this story.

      It’s really pretty rare. The Floridian’s been there about 30 years without an incident. Hmmmm?

      • Constance says:

        The Floridian is shockingly expensive so the family must be wealthy and certainly able to push their case. I feel horrible for the family. The thing is, being from Seattle, if I saw a sign that said “no recreational swimming” I would not figure it was because a horrific, huge reptile might stalk and jump out and eat my child. I would figure “no recreational swimming” meant no life guard on duty or was some arbitrary rule. I really think if they didn’t warn of dangerous predators then the signs weren’t good enough. When you hike in Washington state the trail heads have signs that tell you to watch out for hungry predators and have images of a cougar, bear, wolf and Sasquatch.

    • swanspirit says:

      From what I read, the child wasn’t swimming, but put his toes in the water, and there were no DANGER ALLIGATORS sign, and Disney knew there were possibly alligators.

      • Somebody says:

        They said on the news he was in about a foot of water. If true that is pretty deep for a small child.

        There were no swimming signs, I suppose they could have put up warning alligators signs……but it’s Florida where there is water there can be alligators and snakes

      • Lulu says:

        I remember going that that resort in the early 90’s and being told to only take children to the pools and playspaces and away from lagoons or whatever they called them. My hubby does too. The staff said it was due to “wildlife” and we assumed it was snakes and gators and birds but we have snakes and the occasional gator where we live so we understood with three young’uns why but not everyone does. I don’t remember signs but it was fairly new and the landscaping was being worked on a lot. This is awful.

        • elliesmom says:

          Most of us who live near wildlife know what can kill us or hurt us badly in our own surroundings, but when we leave home, we’re often fairly ignorant about what’s in the new place. I did a wildlife badge with some older Girl Scouts. The requirements are a lot stiffer than a Brownie badge. One of them was to research the wildlife in different ecosystems and write a pamphlet for visitors. I actually took the girls to two very different national parks to do the research firsthand. The girls had a pretty easy time in Acadia. They had camped where there are bears, rattlesnakes, and snapping turtles before. But when they were in Cinnamon Bay in the Virgin Islands, they were very surprised to find a tree that could kill them. Wild donkeys aren’t “cute”. I don’t blame the parents for not recognizing “No recreational swimming” meant alligators. Given my life’s experiences, I would thought it meant the water was too polluted to swim in, which would have made me keep my child out of the water. But “No lifeguard” makes sense, too.

          • Lulu says:

            I feel like more and more people are disconnected from “real” nature. Not just animals and plants but weather also. Too many people are too protected and in a bubble and think everything is cute and cuddly and project human traits onto animals etc. It is kind of creepy to me the anthropomorphic projection that happens in Disney movies, nature shows, etc. I didn’t come from that kind of background and nature was respected as were animals and weather. Nature is awe inspiring and dangerous, beautiful and deadly and people are not understanding that too often now. And they assume someone will save them if they make a mistake. Often no one can and why should they have to risk their life for your ignorance. Disney is a way is a perfect place for such a horrible lesson and reminder to all of us. So very sad.

          • DeniseVB says:

            We have fox and eagles in our area, when we had mini-doxies, they were never allowed outside unsupervised. I wouldn’t have blamed those predators for mistaking them for giant longhaired rats. They managed to live to 14 and 16 intact.

          • elliesmom says:

            We have coyotes. Ellie weighs 85 lbs. so I don’t worry about the hawks and the eagles, but after dark, I don’t let her out without the flood lights on and me on “yard watch”. New homes being built are encroaching on the coyotes’ habitat, and they’re coming closer.

      • DeniseVB says:

        I highly recommend Disney put up these signs STAT.

        This family is from Nebraska, so they truly may have thought that such a danger didn’t exist at such a luxurious resort. It truly is a heartbreaking story. I guess there were witnesses other than the parents? (In my sick head) It just feels like “the dingo ate my baby” sort of story.

        • Constance says:

          Maybe “no recreational swimming” is some local Florida euphemism for “human eating alligators live here” but it certainly isn’t a clear warning when you know the people in your resort most likely don’t come from Florida. The fact that visiting people don’t anticipate the local predators without clear warning doesn’t make them stupid or disrespectful of nature. Besides the kid wasn’t swimming since it is a rare 2 year old who is coordinated enough to swim. Frankly if they were clear about the possibility of snakes and alligators I wouldn’t stay anywhere near there. I usually stay at the Disney decades cheap resort which is perfectly adequate and there is nothing near it that looks like animal habitat.

          • elliesmom says:

            My BFF bought a house in a very pricey gated community in St. Augustine. It’s in a “marsh”. If someone had called it a “swamp”, she might have chosen somewhere else. She has several kinds of venomous creatures to deal with, and she’s not entirely comfortable even sitting out in her covered porch. Then there are the armadillos who keep burrowing under her house. I admit it’s fun to send her pics of the hummingbirds in my yard and bitch about them dive bombing the dog.

        • Venus says:

          I agree Disney needs signs like that. Growing up in LA I know better than to go into water that I cannot SEE into (i.e. no swimming at night in case of snakes, gators, etc) but people from NE would not. Disney was completely negligent here.
          Also, don’t get caught up into how deep into the water the child was wading — being on the shoreline at night (again, near water you cannot SEE) is all that gator would have needed to grab that kid and be gone. They aren’t as fast as crocodiles but they are plenty fast.
          And they feed at night.

  9. Dora says:

    I had a feeling we’d start hearing stuff like this.

    Sacramento Pastor on Orlando Attack: ‘Are You Sad That 50 Pedophiles Were Killed Today?’

  10. DeniseVB says:

    Eeerie prophecy ?

  11. Dora says:

    For lovers of history, a new book is coming out that looks interesting.

    After 7 decades, secret story of ‘Nazi Titanic’ is told

  12. CiscoKid says:

    RE: G. Kuntzman
    Kuntz-man? Seems so.

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  15. ginainmo says:

    How Pam Bondi avoids bitch-slapping Anderson Cooper is beyond me. The woman is a saint.

  16. foxyladi14 says:

    Trump on Hannity 😀

    • mcnorman says:

      He shouldn’t worry if the Mayor of London doesn’t care for him. I think it interesting what Paul Weston thinks of the Mayor of London.

      “A Muslim man with way too many extremist links to be entirely coincidental is now the Mayor of London. … In a couple more decades Britain may well have its first Muslim Prime Minister. … Reality cannot argue with demographics, so the realistic future for Britain is Islamic.” — Paul Weston, British politician.

      A Month of Islam in Britain: May 2016
      Child Sex Grooming, Prison Brainwashing and “Allah Knows Best”

      Perhaps, this is the type of stuff that teh won doesn’t want anyone to hear about.

  17. Dora says:

    Federal Judge Orders Videotaping of Clinton IT Witness’ Testimony

    (Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch today announced that a court order was issued by Judge Emmet G. Sullivan requiring the testimony of Bryan Pagliano, the Clinton State Department IT official who reportedly provided support for the Clinton email system, be videotaped during his upcoming deposition and that the transcript be made public. The court also confirmed that a Justice Department criminal investigation is underway related to the Clinton email issue.”

    Read more:

  18. taw46 says:

    Is this true?

  19. Dora says:


  20. votermom says:

    This book is intense.
    Get it from the library if it’s too expensive to buy, but do read it.

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  23. CiscoKid says:

    Watching Trump rallie in Atlanta, intro by Herman Cain was worth watching, what a gentleman.

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  26. helenk3 says:

    I just ordered this book
    the seduction of appeasement by victor davis hanson

  27. Myiq2xu™ says:

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  30. Myiq2xu™ says:

    Turn TV on, see Hillary giving a speech, turn TV off.

    • DeniseVB says:

      Hillary’s just up the road from me with local media slobbering all over her. However, the commenters on their social media sites are not as nice😉

  31. Myiq2xu™ says:

    Her skin is almost as thin as her husband’s.

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  33. taw46 says:

    Mizzou again. Hopeless.

  34. ginainmo says:

    @Nero in Orlando live on Periscope now.

  35. helenk3 says:

    uranium prices set to double by 2018

    wonder how much the clintons will make on this?. After all they did help Russia get the uranium in this country

  36. CiscoKid says:

    These Dem’s never change their tune.
    Some peckerhead is on the Senate floor filibustering for more ‘gun control’
    Oddly, not one word about controlling islamic terrorism in the US.

    • 1539days says:

      Actually, multiple peckerheads. MSNBC is all over it. So far, Warren and Gillebrand from NY.

      • CiscoKid says:

        When I saw him I just changed the channel.
        Warren and Gillebrand, eh, full frontal assault.
        Milo should be speaking there instead.
        He went for the Left and liberals jugular

  37. John Denney says:

    Those promoting the traitorous idea that civilians should not have access to military grade weapons are taking the side of the British at Lexington and Concord in 1775. The civilian colonists had firepower equal to or better than the British Army.

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