Why I support Bushmaster


January 17, 2003, 10:03 PM
As you can tell by my other posts, the Brady bunch’s lawsuit against Bushmaster Firearms has me all fired up. Some friends didn’t understand, and asked me to explain why. I sent this email (text below), and it opened a few eyes and gave some folks a new perspective. I share it with you because maybe there is an argument in there you can use beyond this forum. If you think it might do some good, please share it with others. Thanks.

Bushmaster Firearms, maker of the rifle used by the DC Snipers, Malvo and Muhammed, to shoot several people in the Greater DC/Northern Virginia area, is being sued by the families of Malvo and Muhammed's victims. That bears repeating: Malvo and Muhammed's victims, NOT Bushmaster's victims. This lawsuit is more about an attempt to bankrupt the company, and thereby destroy a fine firearms manufacturer, than about compensating the victims. Note that the victim's families are being represented by the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, a gun-control outfit that seems to believe that a woman raped and strangled with her own pantyhose is better than a woman using a handgun to defend herself. (If you believe gun control works, ask yourself why Britain and Australia's successful drives to disarm law-abiding citizens have resulted in a surge of crime heretofore unseen in the civilized world). Bushmaster, an American-owned company whose products are proudly made in America, is not a large company, and will probably bankrupt itself defending against these lawsuits, even if they ultimately win in court.

Regardless of whether or not you approve of such firearms being sold to the public at large, I'd ask you all to reflect upon why anybody would think it’s OK to propose that a company, manufacturing a perfectly legal product of the highest quality, which it sells to FEDERALLY LICENSED AND INSPECTED DEALERS who are the actual vendors to the public, can be held responsible for the deliberate and calculated criminal acts of two murderers. (For those who don't know, firearms manufacturers only sell their firearms to Federal Firearms License holders, not to the public at large -- and before the public can buy the firearm from an FFL-holding dealer, the buyer has to be OKed by the Federal National Instant Check Service.)

"Well, fine," some might say. "Nobody should have such weapons -- they are inherently evil. Congress should BAN THEM!" I'd respond with "Think so? Did you know Congress established a nonprofit corporation that sells Bushmasters to the public, in the interests of promoting citizen marksmanship?" Read on.

I just purchased a Bushmaster AR-15 (http://www.bushmaster.com/shopping/weapons/pcwa2s20.asp), for my wife and me to train with (we are both soldiers, and there's rarely enough training funds available anymore to send all soldiers to the rifle range regularly, unless you're infantry). In an era when most of what you buy has Made in China/Korea/Taiwan/etc. on it, Bushmaster, an American company whose rifles are made right here in the good ol' USA, has gained an impressive reputation as a manufacturer of civilian copies of the military's M-16 rifle of the highest quality and accuracy (the civilian version, semi-auto only, is generally called the AR-15, or in Bushmaster's case, the XM15-E2). I personally don't like the M-16 as a weapon system, but I'd take this Bushmaster to war in a heartbeat.

Imagine that -- not enough defense $$ to send us soldiers to the rifle range to qualify with the weapon that is supposed to protect us in combat (after 3 years of active duty, my wife still has not had opportunity to qualify with the M-16), but the company that we bought a product from to train with on our own dime to save our butts in combat is now potentially going to be driven out of business by emotion and revenge, led by an agenda-driven civilian disarmament group.

For those out there who detest those who own "assault rifles," they should learn that Bushmaster has never marketed its firearms to the junior Rambo set. While the major news media tried to terrify you with its bleatings about the "Sniper Subculture" in America during the sniper scare last fall, it paid little or no attention to the Match Rifle Subculture.

You see, decades ago, during World War I, the government discovered that with the urbanization of American society, fewer kids were growing up with firearms experience. (If anyone ever tells you that teaching children to shoot is barbaric, ask them to read a biography of Audie Murphy or do a Google search for Alvin, York, squirrel). Marksmanship was becoming a disappearing art.

So, Congress established what is today called the Civilian Marksmanship Program to train normal everyday Americans how to shoot. It still exists as a nonprofit corporation pursuant to public law (www.odcmp.com), and sells both surplus military rifles and civilian-manufactured copies of military rifles (semi-automatic only) to members of established and certified rifle clubs, with the proviso that they must compete in matches regularly. Bushmaster is one of two manufacturers that the Civilian Marksmanship Program selected for the AR-15 competition rifles that it sells at subsidized prices -- Bushmasters are that good. If you don't believe me, go check the facts yourself at http://www.odcmp.com/Services/Programs/AR15.htm. Folks use Bushmaster rifles to hone their precision shooting skills at matches all across the country, regularly, with discipline, courtesy, and friendly competition -- and the news media never tell you that.

Why does this matter? You see, with Afghanistan, Iraq, North Korea (not to mention the ongoing Bosnia and Kosovo missions, and I'd bet $$ on Columbia within 5 years -- since supposedly the drug trade funds terrorism, once the Global War on Terrorism ends, I bet we see the Global War on Drugs), there is a greater and greater chance that we might be deployed to some hot spot in the world where our main defense against the Bad Guys is knowing how to operate, shoot, and maintain that M-16 rifle Uncle Sam issues us.

But since Uncle Sam can't find the funds for my wife and I to qualify with that M-16, going to a civilian rifle range to practice with our privately owned Bushmaster M-16 copycat is the best we can do for now, and it might one day mean the difference between life and death for either or both of us. And we don't get paid your tax dollars to die -- you have too much of an investment in us and the rest of the US Military for us to let that happen. So, we use our own money to purchase ammunition, targets, cleaning supplies, and civilian range time for training, and hope that when the time comes to deploy, we are prepared.

This nation once took seriously the concept that an armed populace is the best deterrent to both tyranny and crime. This nation once had great respect for firearms, marksmanship, and personal responsibility. People used to understand that an armed man is a citizen, an unarmed man is a subject, and a disarmed man is a slave. Is there any wonder that with the decline in understanding of those concepts, there has been a corresponding rise in crime, irresponsibility, pride in victimhood, and fear of strangers?

You know, if I do get sent somewhere, and I have to use my M-16 to make some poor dumb sonsabitches die for their country (to quote General Patton), I hope I get interviewed by the news media afterward, because when they ask me how I survived, I'll tell them that though I may have fought the battle there, it was won on the rifle range here in America-- by Bushmaster.

The Petition in support of Bushmaster here http://www.petitiononline.com/SaveXM15/petition.html

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January 17, 2003, 10:30 PM
That was well done.

I decided to buy a Bushmaster after the Brady Bunch filed suit against the company.

January 17, 2003, 11:31 PM
Well said, and I'm considering my second Bushy.

Calamity Jane
January 18, 2003, 12:33 AM
Wow. Outstanding job with that email, spartacus2002. It should be disseminated far and wide.

And I'm proud to say that hubby and I recently bought a Bushmaster. It's one heck of a great rifle.

January 18, 2003, 12:45 AM
Well said Spartacus!

January 18, 2003, 02:18 AM
Well, I got two Bushies already....should I get another one? :confused: Duh.......

January 18, 2003, 02:21 AM
At the very least, all those who sign this petition (as I did) should order a Bushmaster ballcap for a public display of support. geegee

January 18, 2003, 03:28 AM
I have had my bushmaster for about a year, great gun and gosh, it hasn't jumped out of my safe and murdered anyone yet.
Bullseye Shooters Supply has been a big disappointment to me and a couple of my friends who used to shop and shoot there alot.......tom

January 18, 2003, 08:11 AM
I have one Bushmaster and I'm ready for another. I think we should all stand behind this fine company as much as we can....

This essay and spreading it around is one such way.........

This is truly unfair and only makes me dislike the Brady Bunch just that much more.

January 18, 2003, 08:29 AM
Time for a Bushmaster or two!!!:cool:

January 18, 2003, 08:33 AM
Damn, that was moving!

I guess it's time to start saving up for a bushy! I was going to get another 1911, but not now, that can wait.

January 18, 2003, 08:45 AM
Excellent writing...

Thanks for posting it..

Kentucky Rifle
January 18, 2003, 09:17 AM
I've tried to force it to malfunction or "short-stroke" by lining up the gaps on the three gas rings. It STILL worked perfectly! My wife loves it so much, it's diffcult to get it away from her at the range. Now, in order to show my support for Bushmaster Firearms, I'll purchase ANOTHER BUSHMASTER for HER as a GIFT! Put that in your pipe and smoke it, Brady Bunch. You've started something here that might do the opposite of what you intended.

Kentucky Rifle

"Mendacity is the system we live in". And YOU, Brady Bunch, are the most mendacious people I've ever encountered!

Ted Bell
January 18, 2003, 12:49 PM
I've been sitting on the sidelines too long regarding a Bushmaster purchase. Think I'll go down to my local dealer and put one on layaway.

January 18, 2003, 01:11 PM
I recently put together my first Bushmaster flat-top, and couldn't be happier with it. It's a solid American-made product I will proudly own for years and years to come. If we follow this twisted Brady Bunch logic, why are they suing Bushmaster and not the maker of the brand of cartridge used, as that is the object striking the fatal blow?

The mind is the true weapon. Anything else is just a tool.

January 18, 2003, 05:36 PM
Maybe i should buy a Bushmaster upper as incentive to GTFOC.

January 18, 2003, 08:31 PM
Nice write up.

I've been considering an AR for awhile now.
The BS lawsuit convinced me to get on with it.. and to get a Bushmaster.

Love my new shorty, GL

January 19, 2003, 10:04 AM
My Bushmaster 20" HBAR rocks. Nice to see a quality, American-made product.

January 19, 2003, 10:51 AM
I decided to buy a Bushmaster after the Brady Bunch filed suit against the company.
I've been planning on an AR-15 for quite awhile. I'm going to go with Bushmaster now also.

January 19, 2003, 11:38 AM
I used to cruise the Bushmaster site in envy even though I can't get one here. It pissed me off every day so I had to stop.

I like my M1A better than the AR-series, but when I move out of state, I'm going to get an AR and a ferret just because they're illegal in CA.

January 19, 2003, 12:49 PM
I've been thinking about it but can't really afford it but with this lawsuit Bushmaster probably will be out of business in a year or so:fire: . I guess I'd better get saving if I ever want a Bushmaster.

January 19, 2003, 03:32 PM
3043 Signatures Total

I am currently building an AR and I will get a Bushmatser Upper for it. Thanks for sharing this.

January 19, 2003, 05:01 PM
Being in CA, I can't buy a Bushmaster AR-15/XM15-E2, however, I might just buy another Bushmaster upper :) since that's not an issue. Then I could get a set of lower receiver parts for future use. Anything to help them with cash flow. I'm sure this lawsuit will get tossed, but it could be an expensive process.

January 19, 2003, 07:05 PM
I have four Bushmasters. I can't justify buying another one. But, I am going to put together a super lightweight upper and will use Bushmaster parts. I just ordered a stock from them. I will do my best to support the company.

January 19, 2003, 08:02 PM
good lord, man, with 4 Bushmasters, you've already gone beyond the call of duty! I'm not a huge AR fan (more of an FAL guy), but I can understand why folks like the Bushys. My wife and I sure like ours.

January 20, 2003, 06:07 AM
For those of us who can't affort a rifle at the moment, wonder if Bushmaster or a supporter has set up a legal defense fund we can Paypal a buck or a few to?

January 20, 2003, 02:24 PM
Two words for the Brady Bunch...
Bull S#!t.
As for bushmaster, I've never fired one (Or any AR-15) due to my location in the PRK. I wish Bushmaster luck in this case.

January 20, 2003, 02:31 PM
I called Bushmaster Friday to ask if they had a legal defense fund, they said no, so I said "Set one up!"

Hopefully they will do so and advertise it on their website.

January 20, 2003, 04:46 PM
order a Bushmaster ballcap for a public display of support. geegee

Bushmaster sells some decent polo-style shirts, too. I was wearing mine when the two idjits were captured and the type of weapon was made public.

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