Sorry Tom King, but you have outed yourself.
On Oct. 21 we found and broke the story to the 2A world that Tom King essentially wants to ban 80% lowers. Here is the link to the original story with his quote.
“The head of the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association said the sale of ghost guns is a growing problem.
“These ’80 percent’ guns are providing a way for prohibited people to buy a firearm,’ Tom King of the NYSRPA said, referring to people who don’t have a gun permit or are otherwise prohibited from possessing a gun.
He said self-assembled guns provide a way for competition shooters to make a custom-fitted firearm. Such weapons should have serial numbers and be registered — and any new legislation should consider such a provision, he said. But it appears increasingly, King said, people trying to evade the law are the ones buying and selling self-assembled weapons.
“It appears what was meant to be something for competitive shooters and serious shooters to build their own unique firearm may be turning into a criminal enterprise,’ King said. “
He then responded with the following (very oddly spaced) email, sourced from TTAG:
Let’s tear this apart a little.
“That article is wrong. To be clear: I do not support the banning of 80% lowers or any other firearm.”
Really Tom? Let’s return to your original statement.
” He said self-assembled guns provide a way for competition shooters to make a custom-fitted firearm. Such weapons should have serial numbers and be registered — and any new legislation should consider such a provision, he said.”
This is a ban on 80% lowers. Or at least, their main functionality. Despite what you say they aren’t made for “competition shooters to have a custom fitted firearm.” 80% lowers are made for the time honored tradition (and something that’s been legal since the founding of this country) of making your own firearm that the government doesn’t have knowledge of. There are perfectly legitimate reasons for doing so, and these guns are comparatively extremely rarely used in crimes. Building one of these isn’t something your average gang-banger is going to be able to figure out, frankly.
Let’s move on with another statement from Tom’s retort.
“So, let me set the record straight. I oppose all registration and believe all lawful gun owners have the right to own the firearm of his or her choice whenever and where ever they choose.”
Tom, you LITERALLY SAID YOU BELIEVE THEY SHOULD BE REGISTERED. You literally said that. It’s in the quote. It’s right there. You said “Such weapons should have serial numbers and be registered — and any new legislation should consider such a provision.” I’m sorry Tom, but you were caught red-handed here. You slipped up talking to a reporter and admitted your support for registration.
Let’s go back up to his reply:
“The quotes in question came from a thirty-minute Newsday interview that I conducted more than a month ago. Of course, only a couple sentences were used from that 30 minute conversation.”
Alright Tom. So the quotes are correct then? They are, I assume, or you would have denied their accuracy. Furthermore as you did it a month ago then you have had plenty of time to post a correction if they were indeed false quotes. Which leads me to believe that they’re perfectly accurate. And if you’re trying to claim they’re out of context, I can’t really see any context that would change their meaning.
Tom you slipped up bad. You finally admitted your true colors to a reporter and have outed yourself. There were already accusations of extreme impropriety against you regarding the NYSRPA (astute readers can google these accusations and determine their truthfulness for themselves – we make no claims as to the authenticity of such accusations), but this is really kind of a nail in your pro-2A coffin.
Step aside Gun Culture 1.0, and make way for Gun Culture 2.0. Your time is over.