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Assault Weapons and Militia.

Updated on February 18, 2013

Attacking this house is different than defending it.

I admit my house is not fortress
I admit my house is not fortress

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.

My street and proud of it.
My street and proud of it. | Source

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.


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      charlie 5 years ago from From Kingdom of God living on Planet earth. between the oceans

      you clearly do not understand our constitution or the laws already in effect either

      you are welcome to put up your sign on your yard too "this is a gun free zone"

      assault weapons are currently illegal and have been for many years

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      Eric Dierker 5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      What do you mean by that radmasters? The term "illegal" is a little vague. i.e. is marijuana "illegal"?

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      Eric Dierker 5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.


      At least it is time to educate people. Fear mongers versus arms peddlers is not going to get us anywhere.

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      Jaye Denman 5 years ago from Deep South, USA

      Your explanation of an assault weapon and its purpose makes it very clear that this type of weapon should not be available o anyone outside the military or police SWAT teams. It's time to overcome the NRA lobby and enact gun control laws.

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      Eric Dierker 5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      We must wake up our Americans. Theresa and Rebecca, you get it, how many do not. There is a star shining brightly in the sky, let it bring us peace and love.

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      Rebecca Mealey 5 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Yes, yes yes. Well stated and the truth in my opinion. Shared everywhere!

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      Theresa Ast 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      You have made a clear delineation between the purpose and weapons which should be used by a defensive militia and the automatic assault weapons used in full scale combat to assault and take a position. Thank you. Sharing.

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      Eric Dierker 5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      You are right. You provide a perfect conclusion. I will keep hammering on this until enough people get it, and share it.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Great points Eric! There is no logical reason for a citizen to have an assault rifle. I don't want to hear about the 2nd amendment in this discussion because it does not apply.