My great granddads assault rifle ......

Ban them Now !

The Henry repeating rifle circa about eighteen sixty , held approximately eighteen rounds of .44 rim fire bullets . Yes , just one more example of another evil assault rifle ! I am bringing this dangerous weapon to the light , in the hopes that more people like myself can see the evil within , well before the end of the civil war in America , this rifle materialized on the battle scenes and began really stirring the pot , you might say ! It was said that this rifle in the average hands could fire approximately 28 times in a minute ! I mean..........look at it , it even looks evil ! Notice the curved and hard lines of the brass butt plate on the walnut stock , imagine what those pointed edges could do to your shoulder ! Next -- the long sleek steel magazine tube and barrel , All the better to whack someone on the head when you run out of black powder bullets ! And then there's the pointy end thing at the small end of the rifle ....perfect for poking someone in the ribs to intimidate them ! And don't forget the highly polished brass receiver , perfect for reflecting the sun and blinding your enemy before he even approached the front lines !

Okay , enough ! , I guess by now you're all thinking ......"What the hell is the matter with this guy ?" -- My point is simply to point out that ,as a comparison , this is what anti- gun people would be calling an Assault Rifle ? " If one wanted to ! And I'm not suggesting anyone should , anyone could hurt a lot of people in an hour or so know , couldn't they ?

I have been around guns my entire life , and that includes shooting ....probably hundreds of different guns , and sharing the experience with hundreds of other shooters , each one a hunter or at least a recreational shooter ! And not once ! Not once----- has anyone of them even suggested we should actually kill another human being !

I guess the intent here , on the part of my writing this hub is at least slightly sarcastic , in truth , I have so often just shaken my head in wonder at the ignorance of anti-gun people who can't tell the difference between an 'Assault rifle" - and a ball point pen ! for that matter . Sorry ....I just had to vent !


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Old Poolman 3 years ago from Rural Arizona

I happen to own a couple Henry rifles, and they are by far my favorites in my collection. I also have one of those hated AR-15 assault rifles that I rarely shoot. The Henry rifles are a thing of beauty and craftsmanship, the assault riffle is just plain butt ugly in my opinion.

Like you, I belong to a shooting club with members from all walks of life, in all shapes, sizes, and both sexes, ranging in age from young boy scouts to very senior citizens.

Also like you I have never once heard anyone at the range discussing hurting or killing another person or persons with their guns. Many of our members are retired Military and Law Enforcement. Others are bankers, construction workers, teachers, lawyers, grocers, truck drivers, and on and on. You name the occupation and we probably have one as a member of our club.

These people like guns, know how to use them, and are just as proud of their skills as that golfer who can hit the green in two every time he plays a round of golf.

Even those who were taught to hate guns from an early age might be tempted to change their minds if they were lucky enough to squeeze off a round from a Henry rifle.

Much of the criticism of guns is by those who have never even seen a gun up close, let alone hold one in their hands. I hear so many comments that are completely wrong when it comes to assault rifles the total ignorance of the person making the comment becomes obvious.

I'm sure by now you are wondering when I am going to make the point of this comment.

Sure a gun owner with mental health issues can go off the deep end and injure or kill dozens of people. By the same token, a golfer with mental health issues could go off the deep end and hurt or kill dozens of people by walking through a crowd swinging his two iron. Yet I have not seen any attempted bans of two irons have you?

It would lead one to believe the real issue is mental health rather than the weapon of choice. If the intent is to injure or kill, a baseball bat would do the job.


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dahoglund 3 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

I'm not a gun person and haven't owned any since a 22 rifle years ago. However, I believe in the rights of people who wish to own them.


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Nikkij504gurl 3 years ago from Louisiana

Guns dont kill people, people kill people. There are many other weapons not just guns used for such killings. Knives and bombs being a few incidents since trying to ban guns recently, will they ban all weapons, we can no longer own butcher and steak knives in our kitchens because someone might kill us with it. Any criminal with or without intent to kill will bring his own supplies, and no matter what you ban or take away from us good citizens they will find a way to get. Criminals dont follow laws! It is our right to protect ourselves (since apparently police arent even required to) and use whatever means/weapon necessary to do so.


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Old Poolman 3 years ago from Rural Arizona

If we eliminated all of the people, none of the weapons you mentioned would ever kill anything again.


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Becky Katz 3 years ago from Hereford, AZ

I have my grandfather's rifle. I value and cherish it even though the stock is cracked so that it can't be fired. I checked on getting it repaired, but it would ruin the value of it. It doesn't matter to me, I still love that old Winchester with the octagon barrel. It was made in 1910. I would never let anyone take it away from me. I know that as long as it has been around, it has never killed a single person. A lot of deer, but no people. I totally agree with you that most gun owners are not interested in killing people. It is just the few with mental problems.

If you look at where the people who have made themselves infamous in the last several years got their rifles, most of them have stolen them. And lately there is the X-acto knife killer at the college. The crazies will just choose another way, if they can't get a gun.


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ImKarn23 3 years ago

Cowboy - i guess you'd definitely consider me one of those "ignorant of anti-gun people who can't tell the difference between an 'Assault rifle" - and a ball point pen"...lol..

But... i CAN tell the difference between life and death.

i ain't that ignorant..

i adore you and we've come to understand each other's stances...

i respect you deeply - i can't help it if you're off target on this one little eensy teensy topic...LOL..

(just teasin'..)

(hey - does Wayno need help - or what???omg..i apologize to YOU)..


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ahorseback 3 years ago Author

Poolman ! I agree comepletely ! Those who don't have the heritage , the history and the experience of" hunting ", my word for just sitting in the october woods , will never understand the smell of Hoppes #13 ! Be well my friend ! And thanks!


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ahorseback 3 years ago Author

Dahoglund my friend , I knew you would . You have a sense of maturity about you that most don't my friend ! Thank you !


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ahorseback 3 years ago Author

Nikki , I swear there is more wisdom in you ! Your right , You might be vigilant in self protection ! How did you come by such common sense ? I wonder , ......Ed


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Old Poolman 3 years ago from Rural Arizona

ahorseback - If women only knew about wearing Hoppes instead of perfume there would be very few single women in this world.


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ahorseback 3 years ago Author

Becky , why is it that most of us have the common sense to know all this . And those in higher places have it all wrong ?......Ed


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ahorseback 3 years ago Author

Leslie sweety ! You and I are not far at all from believing the same truths ! No need for sorry's ! Yeaa he is a little off , have you checked his activety column , By the way the accolades thrown your way -perfect ! We love you !.......oohh and those pictures ,my !your a beautiful lady !


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ahorseback 3 years ago Author

Poolman , Hahhh ! Thats funny , my wife likes the scent of WD40 because her daddy used it all the time ! I am but a mere Hoppe's man ! Have a great one !....:-}


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Nikkij504gurl 3 years ago from Louisiana

Guess I was just born with it :) if more people in this world had common sense, i think we would be much better off than we are now. Too many stupid people running around and breeding more stupid people. its also in a Green Day song, (and some other band Flagpole Sitter) "Been around the world and found that only stupid people are breeding,

The cretins cloning and feeding

And I don't even own a TV"

Hell I own a TV and I still have common sense lol


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ahorseback 3 years ago Author

Nikki , and how old are you if I might ask ? Because you are a wise young woman , not that thats rare now .....! lol .... but some people have it and some don't! Im afraid your right though "stupid breeds stupid ", You know , I have seen good people come from bad though ! Be well Nikki !

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