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Assault Weapons and Militia.
Attacking this house is different than defending it.
Overview of Assault
An assault is an intentional attack against another. Battery only occurs when you land a punch or bullet. In military operations an assault is on a permanent position like a bunker or even a house. Assault and attack are pretty close but think of an assault as more of an organized concept. When you assault a position almost always the defenders have better, fortified position from which to shoot back at you. So what the military rightfully did was develop assault weapons.
So why fully automatic assault weapons?
The idea is to pin your enemy down so he cannot expose himself long enough to shoot at your team. A great idea, and it works. I believe the slowest of these is one bullet per second. But it is the assault team riflemen who are expected to kill the enemy. It all falls back on a team effort with training and agreed upon purpose. So what does this have to do with militias?
Militias are a team effort.
Militias at their smallest could be 3 people. But that is stretching it way small. Militias are a group of citizens that regularly organize themselves and train for the defense of their area. They are set up into groups whose purpose is to protect citizenry from attack. They are often first defenders of a subdivision of a larger geopolitical body. They are not expeditionary forces. And they are not assault teams. They would be the ones in the bunkers or houses. And the concept is noble. I was very proud of my father and uncle who were members of the Sheriff’s posse. National guardsmen are heroes. When they are called up and deployed they are not on assault teams.
If this great country were attacked, I am quite sure they would find someone else to lead counter assaults. Maybe I could serve food.
Assault weapons and Militias do not fit with each other.
There are large, big guns that are automatic that can defend a position. But except for Rambo and if your are old enough to remember Cage on Combat, you do not carry those around for assault. Assault weapons by their very nature are for assaulting a position. That is why assault teams have them. There is no legitimate reason for Militias to work with or have assault weapons. If they did they would not be a militia but rather an attack force.
Understand a twenty two revolver is semi-automatic. Do not confuse that with an fully automatic assault weapon. One pull of the trigger and one bullet, is not what I am talking about.
I hope that Joe Biden and the NRA can educate the People well enough that we have a logical debate. I hope that Americans from Mexico to Canada can grasp the notion of offensive and defensive weapons. I hope this hub gives a little insight where perhaps there was lack before. Now instead of buying someone a pistol for Christmas go buy them some firearm safety and respect classes.