Inside: Secret America: Gun Show Bonanza
Mariana is able to buy some big guns without any ID.
I was very disturbed at the wildly inaccurate story done by Mariana van Zeller in reference to the purchase of firearms by private citizens. Perhaps before attempting such a story she should at least study the subject a little. She over dramatizes making a LEGAL firearm purchase and is obviously trying to demonize the subject. Then she states they just bought an AK-47! She again makes a big drama out of using the name "AK-47" and she did NOT even purchase an AK-47!
An AK-47, a REAL AK-47, is a rifle that fires FULLY AUTOMATIC or semi-automatic. A real AK-47 assault rifle fires 600 rounds a minute in full auto mode and fires a 7.62x39mm bullet. That 7.62x39mm round can go through a brick wall just like a 7.62x51mm NATO round which is also known as a .308 Winchester round. Van Zeller makes a big deal about the fact that an AK47 round can penetrate concrete cinder block walls and again makes a big deal of over dramatizing this fact when almost any hunting rifle round will do the same thing! The .308 Winchester aka 7.62 NATO round will penetrate even more and is fired from numerous deer hunting rifles used in the USA AND the .308 is not the larger of the LEGAL deer hunting rounds used by hunters. The 30.06 is even larger and is used in medium machine guns and is also used in many deer hunting rifles and will penetrate cinder block and even light armor steel.
An Assault Rifle MUST (1) have full automatic capability and (2) fire a short rifle round (such as the 5.56mm NATO, 7.62mm NATO, or 7.62 Soviet ) and (3) use a high capacity magazine. The rifle Van Zeller made such a huge deal about buying was missing the full auto capability and was NOT an assault rifle. NOR was it an AK-47 as AK-47's ARE assault rifles and DO fire fully automatic and require a Class 3 special firearms permit from the current ATF. Since the actual AK-47 is manufactured in a foreign country it is illegal to import it and thus you will find VERY few actual AK-47s in the hands of a civilian in the USA.
What Van Zeller did buy was a plain old AK-47 LOOK ALIKE, a reproduction available just about anywhere! They are produced by numerous countries with licenses to do so: China, several East European countries and even some companies in the USA. The most common form is the SKS, which is likely what she bought. The SKS is SEMI-AUTOMATIC just as is the AR-15 (which is the M-16 & M-4 look-alike) and fires the same ammunition as the AK-47, uses the same magazine but fires ONLY in semi-automatic.
It's plainly evident that Van Zeller is injecting her own ideals into this story and that's OK but she should at least get her facts right if she is going to be so negative about one side of the story. People are not buying up fully automatic assault rifles as she reports. And the ammunition she makes sound like anti-tank rounds is LESS powerful than the same ammunition used by deer hunters in 100's of thousands of hunting rifles throughout the USA.
And even the 50 cal rifle she "exposed" is also a LEGAL firearm. Yes its big, however I noticed she didn't point out a single crime having been committed with a 50 cal weapon. That is because it's BIG, it's HEAVY, it has a KICK, and there are so few that using one in a crime would be like waiving a huge flag that said "Come and get me!"
The 2nd amendment was created to ensure that the citizens of this country would never be subject to the whims of a dictator or totalitarian government. Our forefathers were scared to death of a government or leader trying to take over and ensuring that all citizens have the right to be armed prevents that from happening. Of course it was also created to prevent foreign invasion and criminal attack too. And all of these things are just as possible today as they were back when our forefathers created this amendment. There is every possibility that a future dictator could try to wrest control of our government from the people and that is why this amendment is still as important now as it was back then. Not only to stop that from happening but also as the trip wire that tells us someone is about to attempt to do so. A dictatorial leader or government will almost assuredly attempt to alter or remove the 2nd amendment prior to attempting a take over. Even our Supreme Court recognizes this an has mentioned it in recent decisions.
I look upon these one sided "the sky is falling" stories by Van Zeller and others as a tremendous disservice to our country and its future. I have viewed other stories by VanZeller and I think she does a very good job, however as I stated at the outset I think she needs to do more in the way of getting her facts straight before she shows the story to the public because at least on this one she was way off the target.