San Antonio Gym: Give Up Your ‘Assault Rifle’ for Martial Arts Training

San Antonio Gym: Give Up Your 'Assault Rifle' for Martial Arts Training
San Antonio Gym: Give Up Your ‘Assault Rifle' for Martial Arts Training

USA –-( Since last week's horrific school mass shooting in Parkland, Florida, the call has once again gone out from all the usual suspects to do something about guns in America.

Never one to miss and opportunity to make a futile gesture for the folks back home, California's senior senator Diane Feinstein wasted no time, making it known that she wants to do something by prohibiting anyone under 21 years old from buying a rifle.

“Licensed gun dealers cannot sell a handgun to anyone under 21, but they are allowed to sell assault rifles like the AR-15 to anyone over 18. This policy is dangerous and makes absolutely no sense,” Feinstein said in a statement.

“If you can’t buy a handgun or a bottle of beer, you shouldn’t be able to buy an AR-15,” she continued. “This is common sense, and I hope my Republican colleagues will join me in this effort.”

Ross Douthat, one of the New York Times' leading lights, would do something about school shootings by creating a sliding schedule for when Americans can purchase certain firearms.

After all, the fullness of adult citizenship is not bestowed at once: Driving precedes voting precedes drinking, and the right to stand for certain offices is granted only in your thirties.

Perhaps the self-arming of citizens could be similarly staggered. Let 18-year-olds own hunting rifles. Make revolvers available at 21. Semiautomatic pistols, at 25. And semi-automatic rifles like the AR-15 could be sold to 30-year-olds but no one younger.

NBC's Sunday talking head, Chuck Todd, sees a more fundamental obstacle to doing something about civilian firearm ownership: the Constitution itself.

But isn't the difficulty here legislatively the constitution, which is Brett (Stephens') point in The New York Times, which is he's calling for the repeal of the Second Amendment. And he says, “The United States has by far more guns in more hands than any other country in the developed world. It has, by far, the highest incidence of firearm-related homicides and suicides. Correlation is not causation. But since Americans aren't dramatically crazier than other nationalities, what other explanation is there?” However, it is in our constitution.

The obvious conclusion from Todd's argument supported by Stephens' op-ed: the Second Amendment has to go.

In a Facebook post shared on Thursday, the San Antonio gym said: “Anybody voluntarily surrendering an assault type weapon to San Antonio Police Department will get a full year of training at Mu Sool Won Martial Arts. A value (of) $1300.00.”

But since none of those proposals has an ice cube's chance in Hell of happening any time soon, it falls to individuals to do something about all the scary black guns in the US. Which is why San Antonio's Mu Sool Won Martial Arts is stepping up.

In a Facebook post shared on Thursday, the San Antonio gym said: “Anybody voluntarily surrendering an assault type weapon to San Antonio Police Department will get a full year of training at Mu Sool Won Martial Arts. A value (of) $1300.00.”

Mu Sool Won's owner, Len Trevino, sees the offer as a way to get people to re-channel their emotions.

“My primary goal is to work with people that want to learn how to manage their anger and fear differently,” he said. “My personal opinion is that young men don't know how to manage fear and anger in a healthy way, so they reach for violent outlets: guns, abusing women.”

As a news report indicates, the response to the offer was, well, “mixed.” Which may have something to do with why the offer no longer appears on the gym's Facebook page.

We tried to ask Mr. Trevino if he thought that the use of an “assault weapon” by Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School's absent school resource officer or a few of the school's teachers might have saved some lives last week. Our call hasn't been returned.

Dan Zimmerman
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Dan Zimmerman has been shooting all kinds of guns for 25 years and writing about them for the last eight. He's particularly into the shotgun sports, including trap, sporting clays, duck, and pheasant hunting.

  • 28 thoughts on “San Antonio Gym: Give Up Your ‘Assault Rifle’ for Martial Arts Training

    1. Right, it will be difficult to defend yourself and people around you against gun. No man still faster than a speeding bullet.

    2. How incredibly rude. The people who DIDN’T murder the people in Parkland all have uncontrolled anger and abuse women?
      How could Dale even jokingly agree to be trained by such a disrespectful person?

    3. If you are trading in a Scar, I’ll buy you a year at the local no contact worthless martial arts place in trade for the scar.

    4. Buy a new .22 cal carbine that looks “bad” for about $200 and get your 1300 training for 200. Sounds like a deal.

    5. Hmm, guns (rifles, shotguns, pistols) have their place in self defense situations, as do edged weapons and martial arts. IOW, use the appropriate tool for the situation. As others have noted, some of us no longer have the physical ability to go toe to toe with a bandit, much less a group of them. In our cases, an appropriate firearm may very well be the only viable tool we can use.

    6. A. Turn in a gun you were going to get rid of anyhow (sell or trade because it didn’t suit you.)
      B. At least it’s voluntary, not a gang of federales pointing their guns at your head and forcing you
      to give up your rifle.

    7. I’ve been involved in martial arts since i was 6 years old. I was a professional fighter for 8 years in boxing, muay thai and mma. Im also an instructor that specialize in combative striking and edged weapons. I would never trade in any of my guns.
      Its a shame that mu soo won will trade someones ability to defend themselves for a publicity stunt.
      In the true martial art code, that is a crime.

        1. As much as I wouldn’t trade my guns for anything, I wouldn’t trade my experience and background for anything. They are both equally important.

    8. Kung pow- enter the chicken.
      Right back to these topics every damn time something happens. I have spent 15 years with some of the best fighters I have ever met. Some from 75th Rangers and many in my unit where all we did was meet bad guys with guns. Guess what. We ALL still carry because nobody is going to mystically take a firearm or a knife from a person already commiting an assault.
      Do you really think a gunman would choose to go to a gun range and assault people, or would he go to a martial arts venue. At 10-20′ away you can jump kick and wonder woman your ass right to the ground. Flying kicks to a truck mowing people down isn’t very effective.

    9. How about this……your hot Tai Kwon Do black belt vs an AR 15.

      Mao, pol pot, stalin, hitler…….they love your cute little black belt

    10. this is exactly the point all you gun people are missing. … learn martial arts so you can just kick the gun out of someone’s hands. That makes total sense.

      1. Wyatt, not everyone can become the Ninja you imagine yourself to be. And what if disabled, sick, old, women, etc., and those left to defend against multiple attackers? I know I’m not Bruce Lee re-incarnated, I’m just a husband, father, work in an office and lack the physical attributes of my youth, not that I was ever a Charles Atlas.

      2. Wyatt, many of us “gun people” also have martial arts training. Some of us even have extensive training in weapon takeaways and retention.

        Oddly enough, most of the more serious martial artists I know are also gun people.

    11. Repeal the 2nd Amendment? Don’t Chuck Todd and Brett Stephens realize or care that once it’s established that PART of the Bill of Rights can be abolished, then it’s also established that ALL of it can be abolished?

    12. Remember the scene from Indiana Jones where the guy is doing a bunch of fancy sword work and Indy pulls out a gun an shoots him. Ya, that.

    13. So if I was seriously interested in taking the martial arts training, I could go out and buy a $500 AR (keep my better one in the gun safe) and save $800 on the training. Sounds like a good deal.

      1. I thought the same thing. The photo is of a SCAR… worth far more than $1300. But we run into that issue the anti’s don’t understand… what is an assault rifle? You could probably look around and find some totally beat to hell Mini 14 or other low value gun and say, “Hey look, an assault rifle, give me my $1300 credit.”

      2. @ dale
        Better Yet !
        Mossberg AR715 – 22lr in plastic skin 25rd mag $ 200. used
        It by Assault type standards is what they want turned in.
        If you were looking to train , That’s the deal to make .

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