“Gunsplaining” to Adam Weinstein

| March 7, 2018 | 110 Comments

Adam Weinstein complains in the Washington Post that pro-2d Amendment folks are guilty of “gunsplaining” to the gun grabbers and we make it impossible to have a discussion on gun control.

While debating the merits of various gun control proposals, Second Amendment enthusiasts often diminish, or outright dismiss their views if they use imprecise firearms terminology. Perhaps someone tweets about “assault-style” weapons, only to be told that there’s no such thing. Maybe they’re reprimanded that an AR-15 is neither an assault rifle nor “high-powered.” Or they say something about “machine guns” when they really mean semiautomatic rifles. Or they get sucked into an hours-long Facebook exchange over the difference between the terms clip and magazine.

Has this happened to you? If so, you’ve been gunsplained: harangued with the pedantry of the more-credible-than-thou firearms owner, admonished that your inferior knowledge of guns and their nomenclature puts an asterisk next to your opinion on gun control.

It can feel infuriating, being forced to sweat the finest taxonomic distinctions between our nation’s unlimited variety of lethal weapons. I know this feeling acutely, having covered gun violence critically for the better part of a decade and having just buried an old mentor, killed in the Parkland massacre.

Yeah, well, the problem is that the gun grabbers want to regulate firearms and they don’t really understand the things that they want to make illegal. The most egregious example is this exchange between Tucker Carlson and Congresswoman Caroline McCarthy who wants to regulate barrel shrouds for some reason;

She ends up calling the barrel shroud “the thing in the back that goes up”.

Now, to prevent teachers from being armed in the classroom, the gun fascists are complaining that the ammunition for the AR-style rifle leaves the barrel at three times the speed of the standard 9 millimeter ammunition. That’s true but at the range of a few feet, the difference is negligible. It doesn’t make the teacher more vulnerable. But, that’s the scare tactic employed in order to make it seem more rational to forbid the sale of black rifles.

Gunsplaining, though, is always done in bad faith. Like mansplaining, it’s less about adding to the discourse than smothering it — with self-appointed authority, and often the thinnest of connection to any real fact.

Well, then, the Left needs to get up to speed on the discussion. I hate explaining everyday that there is no “gun show loop hole”, that a bayonet lug doesn’t make a gun more dangerous. That there are already “universal background checks”. That gun registration has never prevented a crime.

[W]e need to take away the incentives for gunsplaining, for spurning conversation in favor of condescension. Can that happen anytime soon? I’m not optimistic — not as long as the pro-gun camp continues to suppress debate with heavy rhetorical firepower, instead of just shooting straight.

The main incentive for “gunspalining” is the total ignorance of the gun grabbers who don’t even know what it is that they want to seize from the law abiding public.

Adam Weinstein hates guns. Every time he tries to write about guns, he explains that he owns guns – it’s like a racist who explains that he can’t be racist because he has a black friend.

If you want us to stop “gunsplaining”, know what is that you want to jerk out of my hands. Quit trying to outsmart yourself. Well, unless you don’t want to tell us what it is you’re trying to do.

By the way, Weinstein is the chief editor at Task & Purpose – stop sending me links to that dumpster fire.

Category: Gun Grabbing Fascists, Politics

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  1. Graybeard says:

    Annnndd Adam Weinstein self-identifies as one who does not want to let facts get in the way of his opinions.

    Adam Weinstein – you are an idiot. Thanks for outing yourself as such. When I was an English and a Spanish teacher, I emphasized having a proper and diverse vocabulary, in order to be able to intelligibly communicate real distinctions.
    I see that either your teachers did not teach you that, or that you were asleep in the boys room when those lessons were given.

    • RGQ says:

      This Weinstein fellow is beyond help. What’s next, “self defensesplaining”, “individual responsibilitysplaining”, and “working-to-make-a-living-instead-of-sucking-the-government-teatsplaining”?

      • Graybeard says:

        Let me put this gently – when accused of engaging in some type of “-splaining” behavior the accuser really wants the accused to shut up because the accuser has no cogent counterargument.

        In other words, one has encountered a creature which thebesig has identified as a “Liberal Zombie” and the appropriate response(s) ought to be employed.

        Pointing and laughing at Adam Weinstein is appropriate.

        • Mick says:

          From the Washington Post article linked above:

          ‘Adam Weinstein is a senior editor at Task & Purpose and a Florida native, and is currently at work on a memoir about gun culture in America.’

          Florida again.

          And I’m sure that that upcoming memoir about ‘gun culture in America’ will make for a splendid reading experience.

          I wonder if Whiney will feel entitled to write it with ‘imprecise firearms terminology’ in order to indulge and protect the delicate sensitivities of his clueless libotard readership.

    • Fyrfighter says:

      Methinks that Adam Whinestein has a serious testosterone deficiency, and needs some “gunsplaining” the way our DI’s did back in the day, IE: this is my rifle, this is my gun.. thogh somehow i figure he has much more experience with other guys “guns” than their rifles… and he probably prefers it that way…

    • desert says:

      De Leon….what a freaking NUTCASE, you lying piece of shyt! You just showed the world what a worthless wart on the ass of humanity you really are….go…GO….find something else to lie about you asshole! imo

  2. RGQ says:

    Is it even possible to accuse people of performing made up actions? Last I checked, the word “gunsplaining” didn’t exist.

    • Graybeard says:

      Like “mansplaining” – it is a synonym for “Shut up” and is used by those without reason or logic for their actions in order to make realists and facts disappear.

  3. Veritas Omnia Vincit says:

    Once again liberals not liking their tactics played against them, as I recall they claim that those without vaginas shouldn’t be allowed to legislate abortion….using that logic those without guns should also not be allowed to legislate them.

    Nothing, of course, is that simple but I do find it enjoyable watching them squirm while mired down in gunsplaining minutia.

  4. Reaperman says:

    The military-grade, AK-15 machine gun comes with 100-round clips, telethooping grips, and child-seeking ammunition. By this time next year, it will have killed 63% of all school-age children that survived the Tide pod challenge. I demand a ban of some stuff I can’t really articulate, because guns make me uncomfortable, and I’m incapable of imagining any place in America where guns are part of life.

    I wonder if my old high school still has its gun range.

    • A Proud Infidel®™ says:

      NOT to mention the pointy thingamajig somebody could put on uhhhhmmm, the end of the tube thing that the bullet magazines come out of and uhhhmm, it could have a chainsaw on it to kill a lot of people all at once, YEAH!!!

    • Mick says:

      – ‘the thing in the back that goes up’

      – ‘the flash processor’

      – ‘the thing underneath where the knife hooks on’

      – ‘big banana clips that hold lots of bullets’

      – ‘military-style guns’

      Yeah, it’s great when some pompous libotard assclown is wagging their finger at us and trying to lecture us authoritatively on the firearms that they don’t want us to possess, yet they can’t even get the basic nomenclature of those same firearms correct.

      In the real world, that is known as ‘not knowing what one is talking about’, and yes, that matters in a serious discussion.


      — sigh —


      • Fyrfighter says:

        yeah, here’s an idea for adam and his ilk.. do some research, educate yourself, get a clue about what it is you’re trying to talk about, or SHUT THE FUCK UP AND GO AWAY!

    • Jeff LPH 3, 63-66 says:

      Reaperman;, for years and years, some of the High Schools out on Long Island NY had rifle ranges in their basements for training upcoming Olympic shooters until when one of the schools had to clean out the lead and possible asbestos, some of the parents found out that there was a range in the school and after they got hysterical and made a big stink, the County School ranges were shut down. Will call my School District foreman friend up in LI and see if he can remember the year that happened.

    • 26Limabeans says:

      Here ya go:


      No NFA rules apply.
      Me want.

      • SFC D says:

        See? you CAN buy guns on the internet, there’s the proof! 😉

        Do I really need a SARC tag?

        • 2/17 Air Cav says:

          “No sales to CA, CO, MA, MD, NJ, NY [because the assholes in those states think this firearm will unilaterally and spontaneously kill.]”

        • 26Limabeans says:

          Anybody can buy guns on the internet.
          No laws against that.
          Taking possesion though is a whole different story as you well know.
          Tell a liberal that the vast majority of handguns sold on the internet are shipped Priority Mail by the Postal Service. Stand back though, don’t want to get any gray matter on your shoes.

  5. Hondo says:

    Hmmm – “Task and Purpose”. I think that rings a bell.

    Didn’t we have someone write an article published there bloviating about stolen valor, castigating those who considered it wrong? An article which made it clear that they didn’t know the correct definition of the term “valor”?

    Oh, yeah – Jonn wrote about that here


    Barrel shrouds are a bone of contention now? Really!?!

    Someone should tell the gungrabbers that the barrel shroud was first invented and used on the Gewehr.88 bolt action, in 1888!!!!
    The only way a barrel shroud can hurt someone is if they nick their finger on a burr

    • Hondo says:

      Barrel shrouds are a bone of contention now? Really!?!

      Only for Bernathian-level fools like “The Honorable” Caroline McCarthy. Compared to her, Edgar Bergen’s blockhead (literally) dummy Charlie McCarthy made more sense.

      Wonder if Charlie and Caroline are related?

    • A Proud Infidel®™ says:

      Next they’ll be bawling about bayonets which were invented in the 1500s for Hunters!

    • Ex-PH2 says:

      Well, I did go to the trouble of looking it up, and there were pictures, so how could it be so difficult to not know about it if you’re going to talk about it?

      Simple: ignorance is bliss.

      I thought maybe a barre shroud was a waterproof cover for an oaken cask holding Scotch whiskey while it’s becoming a mature species.

  7. Ex-PH2 says:

    Okay, I did have the patience to watch the Tucker Carlson video. But I shut it off when the congress critter said ‘I actually don’t know’ after she waffled on answering ‘what is a barrel shroud?’

    If you don’t know what it is, then shut your stupid mouth. Period. Just shut up. Get off the TV screen. Go away. And stop running for office. You are ALLLL stupid, greedy, money-grubbing control freaks and nothing else.

    • Aysel says:

      I had that same exact reaction when I first saw that interview, I think I might have actually screamed at the TV.

    • timactual says:

      Just think how quiet and peaceful the Wash. DC metropolitan area would be if all the politicians and political hacks just admitted they “don’t know” and shut their mouths. .

      *sigh* A fella can dream, can’t he?

      • Fyrfighter says:

        With all the flaws that Fox News has, Tucker Carlson is still AWESOME! I love the way he gives the leftist idiots plenty of rope to hang themselves, then pulls it tight… it is truly epic!

  8. Atkron says:

    ‘I’m an expert on gun violence because I covered crime, and buried my mentor’ Way to qualify your position Queef drippings.

    Everybody shush…Adam Weinstein is an expert. He’s ‘Libsplaining’ on how not knowing anything about the subject at hand means nothing in the grand scheme of things because we must do something in order to feel good about ourselves. Facts just get in the way of our feelings, logic is just a social construct made up by Vulcans and Gene Roddenberry.

  9. A Proud Infidel®™ says:

    Adam Weinstein, yet another metrosexual beta male pajama BOY!!

  10. Atkron says:

    Is this Scrotum hair related to Harvey?

  11. 2/17 Air Cav says:

    Language matters. Words matter. The Left has co-opted our language is so many realms many people think nothing of calling homos gays or illegal aliens undocumented immigrants to tolerating actual laws that make certain reasons WHY someone committed a battery a special crime. Well, screw the Left and their attempt to change the correct terms for weaponry. We are supposed to dumb down to accomodate their willful ignorance. No.

    • USMCMSgt (Ret) says:


      These people don’t understand that in the real world, words have meaning and actions have consequences.

      (To add: On top of the discussion about the difference between “magazine” and “clip”, there’s the other one about how the Second Amendment is outdated because the Founding Father’s didn’t consider the types of firearms that would exist today. THEN I have to break out info on the Puckel gun, an earlier reference to the “machine gun”, patented in 1718 – 70+ years that predates the Second Amendment.

      They’ll have to endure the truth and face the harsh realities (in the form of “Gunsplaining”) that law abiding gun owners aren’t going to cave in just because they have “strong feelings” about the subject.

      • David says:

        I tend to disagree. Words have connotations, and by changing the words, they can build their own connotations – like the gentle undocumented instead of the criminal illegal, or the scary ‘assault rifle’ instead of rifle. They know EXACTLY what they’re doing.

        • 2/17 Air Cav says:

          I tend to get sick on a boat. So, I don’t go on boats.

          • 2/17 Air Cav says:

            David. All kidding aside, terms matter for their denotations. Sure they know what they’re doing. So does Subaru. It sells love, not cars.

            • David says:

              Absolutely (ironically I used to sell Subarus in a world far, far away.) The definition of a word is one thing, the connotations of it are hugely important and are why choice of apparent synonyms is so important. As Heinlein once put it, asking for an underdone bloody chunk of immature calf muscle and a nicely seared veal steak are the same thing – but the connotations of each are hugely different.

        • USMCMSgt(Ret) says:

          “Connotation”, defined: “…the feeling or idea that a word invokes, in addition to the literal meaning”.

          I agree it’s a tactic the left uses, but “feelings” don’t measure up against facts.

          Folks generally dislike it when people make shit up to sustain a narrative or to win an argument.

          This is why they’re not going to win.

    • A Proud Infidel®™ says:

      Next they’ll be referring to street corner dope dealers as “Undocumented Recreational Pharmacists”.

    • Hondo says:

      Absolutely agree. Precise definitions matter – a lot.

      And when it comes to law, IMO vague definitions are far worse than useless. They give bureaucrats and judges the opportunity to “make it up as they go”.

  12. OWB says:

    He doesn’t want the law to be precise. Got it. Pardon me if the rest of us actually encourage clear use of the language in law and among law makers.

    Yes, I want my surgeon to have a clear understanding of what words mean. Lots of other people need to use words precisely as well.

    Until we can make mind reading universal, we are stuck with using words to convey messages.

  13. MCPO NYC USN Ret. says:

    Words do matter!

    “I just bought my 11 year old a long gun that has twice the muzzle velocity of the previous long gun I purchased him … which is also twice the muzzle velocity of his pistol”.

    Can you imagine this quote in the hands and mouths of the idiots above, not knowing the type of long gun and/or pistol?

    They would surely explain things perfectly for their followers who have no idea what they are hearing or talking about!

  14. A Proud Infidel®™ says:

    THERE IS A PLACE where everyone is treated the same, everyone gets rationed the same amount of food, clothing and space, weapons ARE NOT allowed except for Enforcement Personnel, it’s called PRISON.


    Mama told me, ” Every time a gun goes bang, a libtard gets his first period”

  16. 26Limabeans says:

    It’s not like there is a lot of math involved.

  17. Mason says:

    “heavy rhetorical firepower, instead of just shooting straight”

    Hello, Mr. Kettle. I’ve got Mr. Adam “The Pot” Weinstein on the phone, he is calling you “black.”

    Don’t ignoransplain to me, Jackass.

  18. Martinjmpr says:

    The reason terminology matters is because credibility matters.

    If you’re going to talk about gun laws, you need to have some basic knowledge about those two things: Guns and law.

    About 90% of liberal anti gunners know fuck all about either one.

    They don’t know or understand guns and actually act as if doing any kind of research would contaminate their pristine brains, as if knowing anything about guns would somehow infect them with the “gun nutz” virus and the next thing you know, there they are buying an AK-15 with the thing in the back that goes up, throwing it their camo pickup truck and driving to the KKK rally.

    They also know fuck all about laws. “There should be a background check” (uh, there was.) “The second amendment isn’t about military weapons!” (wrong, even the SCOTUS said that weapons suitable for a “well regulated militia” are protected under the 2nd Amendment) “We should just abolish the 2nd amendment!” (OK, there’s a Constitutional provision for repealing an amendment. Do you know what it is? I’m guessing not.) etc etc.

    In terms of arguments, the reason the anti gunners keep losing in the court of public opinion is that they’re bringing a stick of butter to a gunfight.

    • Mason says:

      How true. Would anyone trust a surgeon that walks in and says “so I’m gonna like cut your stomach, take out that doohickey you don’t use and that’s hurting ya”?

  19. Jeff LPH 3, 63-66 says:

    Well I’ll be a Monkey’s Uncle, sounds like the liberals want the barrel shroud which is actually a heat sink/hand protector to be banned. So lets put water jackets around our Comcast and other electronic devices that emit a lot of heat, replacing the existing heat sinks inside the boxes. Sounds like a good idea and I’ll even start the first Florida water concession business selling Florida water jacket water. Maybe not a good idea because someone may get thirsty and then we will have the person on the TAH site posing as a phony Seal since the H2O is from Florida. BOY, I love this shit that is going on.

  20. The Other Whitey says:

    “Gunsplaining”—which is a chickenshit term—happens because gungrabbers shriek about banning particular components and/or features, but they can’t even identify them. How is that not a problem in any discussion? Should I be able to dictate the finer points of someone’s medical coverage when I don’t know jack shit about medicine or finances? Would you trust me to fix your car if I can’t tell a distributor from a head gasket?

    They make a big deal about things doing what they don’t actually do, or having features they don’t actually have, etc. and then they cry about not being taken seriously?

    • 2/17 Air Cav says:

      Auto Repair Shop nCustomer: “$1200!”

      Mechanic: “Well, when we got under your car, we checked the thingamabobber and, sure enough, it was broken. As is so often the case when these go bad, so too does the whatchamacallit. That’s where most of the expense was because we couldn’t use the old do-hickies. When a whatchamacallit is replaced, we have to use new do-hickies. That’s the law.”

      Customer. “Oh. Okay, I guess.”

  21. Dennis - not chevy says:

    I once wrote to NPR and told them their talking head was clueless when she reported, “Insurgents were shooting their AK-47 semi-automatic rifles”. They sent me a request for money.

  22. Rb325th says:

    Sick and tired of having to correct the anti gun idiots. They can try to shift the discussion all they like by creating new terms….”weapons of war” seems to be the latest catch phrase, but they still don’t know what the actual hell they are talking about.
    The worst of it is that all these outrageous exxagerations, and outright lies are being used in an attempt to strip away the Rights of millions. Why is that? I wonder if they succeed what would be next?

  23. JACK SHIT says:

    Adam Weinstein does not know me.

  24. FatCircles0311 says:

    They do it on purpose so they can attempt to ban more things because of their dishonest descriptions of firearms. Basically the democrap party is in favor of no modern firearm that has removable magazines. They try to muddy their legislation and talking points with buzzword terms to scare idiots into think that semi automatics with detachable magazines aren’t the norm and essentially every firearm since the 20th century.

    Trying to ban arms based on features is the definition of infringement. Our worthless Supreme Court has been allowing states and the feds to get away with infringing on firearm rights for nearly a century now to where California has essentially made magazine fed rifles illegal already. That is injustice and absurd.

  25. Jeff LPH 3, 63-66 says:

    Hey whiney weinstein, you sound like one of me own with a name like that, am very sad to say. You would fit right in with the liberals that sit around the pool where I live. You related to that hollywood couch caster that was in the news recently????

  26. M48DAT says:

    I think congresswoman Caroline McCarthy is totally squared away. We used to store our barrel shrouds in the bin right above our squelch oil and grid squares.

  27. 11B-Mailclerk says:

    Whiny’s entire article in three words:

    Ignorance is Bliss

  28. smoke-check says:

    Did …did …did he just mansplain gunsplaining to us, then proceed to tell us mansplaining was bad?

    Beyond parody.

  29. A Proud Infidel®™ says:

    As of this morning ALL of my guns I may or may not still possess now officially self-identify as Nerf®™ guns so all the gun grabbers can eat shit and howl at the moon!

  30. Thunderstixx says:

    All I can say anymore about this crap is that I am just hoping, praying to God Almighty that the same behaviors of the left wing moronic communists get trashed worse than they did when they acted the same way they are right now during the Scott Walker recall election.
    They got their asses handed back to them and their behavior was even worse, yes, worse, much worse, than it is right now.
    But, we still have a few months to go until the election. Their actions got worse and worse the closer to the election we got.
    I spent election day sitting in a wheelchair in front of the demrat office with an American Flag and a van covered in signs for Walker and the congresswoman that also won quite handily.
    Then, they did it again in the next election and got the same results…
    Stuck on stupid seems to be the closing words on these morons…
    I absolutely hate these fucks…
    Stupid fucking libidiots have killed more people than cancer…..
    I absolutely hate them and everything they stand for.
    My hatred of them is akin to Churchill and the “Peace in our time” chamberlain that helped killed over a hundred million people around the world…
    Churchill never forgave any of them, and I never will any of these fucks…

  31. Daisy Cutter says:

    They can have my A-Salt weapon when they pry it from my cold, dead fingers.

  32. 2/17 Air Cav says:

    You may or may not have heard about the attempted bombing of a Utah high school. If you didn’t, I well understand b/c the story didn’t get much national coverage. Why is that? No firearm was involved, let alone an AR-15. The juvenile responsible for the attempt is a budding terrorist whose admiration for ISIS was expressed by his replacing Old Glory with an ISIS one at the school and by spray painting ISIS IS COMING on the school itself. ISIS literature was also found during a search of the little bustard’s home. CBS summed that up by writing that the black fag fan “was interested in the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).” Was interested? I could not make this shit up if I tried. The school is for juniors and seniors, so the little bastard is probably 16 or 17. To protect his bright future, his name was not released, despite the fact that any reporter and news outlet worth their salt could find out the name and publish it w/o running afoul of state law. To do so would be a public service.

  33. MrFace says:

    The real issue is that it seems no one knows how to have proper dialogue or discussion(even in disagreement) anymore. Personally, when debating, I like to be informed on what I am for/against as this makes me less of a fool when trying to see someone else’s point of view. And this isn’t just for gun discussions. Having the proper ammunition in a verbal altercation can easily sway someone to see your point of view(not persuade to be on your side mind you) and conversely having the proper ammunition in a real world altercation can either save your life or sway someone from choosing you as a target.


  34. Casey says:

    If you don’t understand the vocabulary, you can’t hold an intelligent conversation on the topic.

    • OWB says:

      True, but irrelevant when dealing with those who have no desire to hold an intelligent conversation. We still must fight to keep our basic rights in spite of those unwilling to arm themselves with true information.

      Put another way, the founders enumerated the Bill of Rights not only to protect us from the government but from the mob. The mob is nipping at our heels.

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