Last week, New York Daily News reporter Gersh Kuntzman fired an AR-15 at a shooting range and claimed that it caused, among other things, bruising and “temporary PTSD.”
The recoil bruised my shoulder. The brass shell casings disoriented me as they flew past my face. The smell of sulfur and destruction made me sick. The explosions — loud like a bomb — gave me a temporary case of PTSD. For at least an hour after firing the gun just a few times, I was anxious and irritable.