Automatic Assault Weapon. Is it a gun at all? Definitely not “arms”. Weapon of Mass Destruction? 2nd amendment.
This historic Wooden Indian could be seen outside of Tobacco and Gun Shops.
Hate them, Love them, but understand them.
Been doing some thinking, I know that is dangerous. But hear me out. I was in the NRA since I could join, I think around 6 years old. Maybe that was just a local “chapter” thing back in the sixties. But I went to NRA “school” for quite some time. I do not know what type of merit badge it may have been but I studied gun safety and operation in the Boy Scouts. My father taught me and instructed me the proper handling of guns and made me clean and assemble guns in the basement. I suppose I am currently qualified with a 38, 9mm and 22. That would be through the San Diego Public Safety Academy.
We do not have the same medicine as 1790, why would be have the same law?
I do not own a gun and my older children did not even have toy guns. Being blessed with better than normal eyesight there is some expert in my marksmanship, although I have not fired a gun since qualifications. The definition of a gun when our country was founded, with few exceptions, would be a single load and fire gun. The definition of a gun in the sixties had increased to multi-bullet cartridges. The line between Rifle and pistol were already blurring with guns such as a pistol gripped sawed off shotgun. A fifty caliber pistol is hardly a hand gun and it takes two hands. Gatling and Tommy guns had arrived.
Assault Weapons should be categorized as weapons of mass destruction
But this machine that automatically pulls a trigger mechanism for you is not a gun in my mind. It is a mechanized flesh disruptor. If a man or women does not pull the trigger for each shot fired that is not a gun. If a man or woman does not have to aim in order to place a kill shot, that is not a gun. Random placing of deadly metal in the air is not a gun. What does the word mass in WMD mean? Weapons of Mass Destruction. Does it mean 10 people or how about the number 26 people?
Right to bear arms does not entitle us to WMD's
Now I am all for a right to bear arms. Wait a second that is what the US Constitution says? Wow! It says specifically “A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.” In fact the notion of being allowed to bear arms goes back much further than the Roman eras. Our Supreme Court just laid out a proper argument, telling us that this notion extends to traditional reasons for a gun like protection inside your home. The word Arms to my understanding refers to placing weapons with people for their protection. Note the constitution does not say “being necessary for the offensive attack of a free state”.
Weapons are strictly restricted in Mexico. So America the Beautiful smuggles weapons there by the boat load.
You make the call!
If the NRA is to reach back in time to our Constitution then they should also reach back in time to a time when automatic weapons were not in existence. I could not now possibly send my son to NRA school to learn firearms safety. How could I? If they endorse weapons of mass destruction in the hands of 18 year olds, I cannot in good conscience participate in such horror.
Someone convince me that any type of assault or automatic weapon should be owned by twenty year olds.