The Philadelphia Inquirer recently introduced its readers to a fellow named Justin Moon in an article titled
Poconos gunmaker’s vision: an AR-15 for every American
Now, The Curmudgeon would like to introduce you to Mr. Moon through excerpts from the Inquirer article (and some occasional commentary).
“I mean, every American should really have an AR,” Moon said. “It’s America’s rifle.”
Think about that: this guy thinks every American should have an automatic assault rifle.
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“I think I share the values of many Pennsylvanians,” Moon said. “I fish, hunt, camp, you name it. Pennsylvania has a strong rural population with strong values. They love America. They love freedom.”
And does Mr. Moon think “America’s values” should include aiding and abetting crazy people who want to be able to murder large numbers of people in a matter of seconds? Is that Mr. Moon’s idea of an “American value”?
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Last month, Moon’s brother, Pastor Hyung Jin “Sean” Moon, brought worldwide attention to rural Pennsylvania when he encouraged couples to bring their AR-15s to a marriage blessing at his World Peace and Unification Sanctuary Church in Newfoundland, about 20 miles from Kahr Arms. The Bible references Christ ruling with a “rod of iron,” and Sean Moon believes that rod is the AR-15, which is not made from iron.
“His reading of [the Book of] Revelation and the rod of iron makes sense to me,” said Justin Moon, a church member.
Aside from bringing new meaning to the term “shotgun wedding,” the interpretive powers of these people are truly, truly warped.
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“I’m going to make a standard AR-15 with my brand on it,” he said. “The AR-15 is the most popular rifle in America. It’s the most common rifle in America.”
And soon to be the most common weapon of mass murderers as well? And will Mr. Moon be proud when one of the rifles he manufactures is used in one of those murders? Will he boast about it? Will he use it in his advertising?
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The NRA estimates that eight million Americans own an AR-15. It has also been used in five of the six deadliest mass shootings in the nation in the last six years, most recently in the Parkland, Fla., massacre.
Some day, when one of these mass murderers is charged with murder, some fed-up prosecutor is going to seek to charge the NRA as an accessory to murder. Perhaps they should start with Mr. Moon.
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Moon said he follows state and federal firearms laws but does not support age restrictions, limitations on specific guns, or even bans on the bump stock, an attachment that uses a semiautomatic rifle’s recoil to fire even faster — the reason why Stephen Paddock was able to kill so many people in Las Vegas last year. In fact, Moon believes the Founding Fathers intended the Second Amendment to evolve with the times, that citizens should be allowed to own any firearms they can literally carry in order to match the government’s firepower.
“We should have the right to have the same arms the military has as soldiers,” he said.
No, we shouldn’t. Does Mr. Moon believes we should have the right to purchase tomahawk missiles, surface-to-air missiles, and atomic bombs, too? Such logic screams “This guy is an idiot and a danger to everyone around him.”
These people are irrational. They are, in essence, arguing that the occasional and not-so-occasional mass murder is an acceptable price to pay for blind adherence to a right that isn’t actually a right at all.
These people are wrong, but they are absolutely resolute in their beliefs. Maybe when their own children are victims they’ll think again and reconsider their views.
But The Curmudgeon doubts it.