With the Las Vegas massacre investigation just getting underway, Guns & Ammo managing editor Chris Mudgett wrote a four-page story in the magazine’s November issue singing the praises of a bag that “discreetly” transports a semi-automatic AR-15 rifle, one of the guns the Vegas shooter used, in and out of hotel rooms.
A top magazine for gun owners, Guns & Ammo has taken the opportunity to turn a mass shooting into an ad for their favorite massacre-enabling products.
The Vertx Professional Rifle Garment Bag allows any (white) shooter “dressed in business casual attire” to slip “in and out of a hotel armed with a defensive rifle,” without raising “an eyebrow.”
Mudgett, who has written other articles praising discreet carrying options for assault rifles, recommends the garment bag for “air travel” and goes on to praise the speed at which it fires:
My average draw time to fire a single shot and strike the A-zone of a target from 25 yards was a little more than 4 1/2 seconds . . . My best time was recorded at a brisk 4 seconds flat, which proves this to be a very practical solution for discreetly carrying a carbine amongst the public.
There is no reason for civilians to carry assault weapons, other than to carry out mass murder. And since Bill Clinton’s 1994 assault weapons ban expired in 2004, mass shootings have skyrocketed, making gun deaths in America 25 times more likely than in other developed nations.
There is certainly no reason for a civilian to carry an assault weapon into a public space undetected.
59 people died and 515 were wounded in Sunday night’s shower of bullets from AR-15s like those touted in the Guns & Ammo article.
No one genuinely believes our Founding Fathers inended to endorse discreet ways to carry out the murder and maiming of hundreds of American citizens, including children, when they drafted the Second Amendment.
Yet the NRA and Guns & Ammo are offering up ideas to prospective murderers in plain sight.