Myths and Misinformation About Gun Control
Myths and Misinformation
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.
-2nd Amendment to the US Constitution
With all the recent discussion and debate surrounding the 2nd amendment and gun control in general. Let's go through a few of the myths and some misinformation being spouted by those who would seek to limit the rights of Americans to Keep and Bear Arms.
Myth 1 - “Guns are only for the militia”
The truth is that we are all the militia, as these quotes from some of the founding fathers plainly show:
"I ask, sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people, except for a few public officials."
— George Mason, in Debates in Virginia Convention on Ratification of the Constitution
"The Constitution shall never be construed … to prevent the people of the United States who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms."
– Samuel Adams
Myth 2 - “Well Regulated means controlled by the government”
As with many words and phrases their meaning changes over time and the orginal meaning is often lost. When the Bill of Rights was penned the phrase was known to mean “well equipped” and did not denote any government regulation on the militia itself.
This is probably one of the biggest misinterpretations of the 2nd Amendment and one that is most widely misused by anti-gun proponents.
Myth 3 - “Semi-automatic is a machine gun”
One of my biggest frustrations with most anti-gunners is their complete lack of gun knowledge and their hysterical pronunciations about 'assault weapons' and 'machine guns'.
Let's get one thing straight, the only similarity an AR-15 Modern Sporting Rifle has to an actual M-4 rifle that would be issued to US troops is how it looks.
An AR-15 does not have selective 3-round burst and Full-Auto capability.
An AR-15 does not fire the same rounds. Our troops use 5.56 mm NATO carbine rounds which are much more powerful. The standard .223 round one would buy for their AR-15 Sport Rifle packs less of a punch as they do not have as much powder behind them and are loaded to lower pressures.
The AR-15 is a semi-automatic sport rifle, which means you have to pull the trigger each time you wish to fire a round. Many people throw around the term 'semi-auto' as if it is some scary thing and use it to prey upon the ignorance of people who know little about firearms.
Pro Tip- You have to pull the trigger each time you want to fire a six-round revolver too.
What anti-gunners want to ban in reality really comes down to looks and not functionality. Flash suppressors, bayonet lugs and pistol grips may look 'scary' but they are simply cosmetics.
I might get a driving suit and helmet too, it doesn't make me Mario Andretti.
Unfortunately the left-wing tends to run on emotion, and the recent tragedies at Aurora and Sandy Hook were gut wrenching to be sure. But the cynical left has once again reacted in a knee-jerk emotional fit in blaming an inanimate object rather than the person weilding it.
The good news is two fold here however.
Sen. Feinstein's weapons ban proposal is DOA in the senate and if by some miracle it does pass, it has no chance in the House of Representatives.
And secondly, there are four words at the end of the 2nd Amendment that say it all....Shall not be infringed.