Brought to us by commenter “Healey” (original comment found here:
http://angrywhitedude.com/2013/01/meet-joshua-boston-he-has-a-message-for-a-certain-senator/comment-page-1/#comment-249004). I thought it deserved its own post.
I am a retired Marine Corps Officer, former military law enforcement, an armed federal agent, and I hold a Federal Firearms License (FFL, which means I know the laws regarding the buying and selling arms in the US). Plus, I’ve been a gun owner, shooter (competitive), sportsman, and collector for 45+ years. I support the second Amendment and have been vocal defender of the right to bear arms for most of my life. I was proud to know the late Charlton Heston, and have been personally invited by Wayne La Pierre to advise on NRA strategy meetings. I have literally heard every argument relating to gun control one could imagine. The misinformation that comes out of the mouths of that rabid anti-gun crowd never ceases to amaze me.
I mention these facts only to let those reading know that I have a certain expertise in firearms use, training, safety, and the law and that my opinions should hold more weight than someone who learned about guns and violence from TV or video games.
BTW I own no AR-15 or AK-47 style weapons and in fact most of the arms I own are 40 to 100 years old, yet several will be on Feinstein’s assault weapons ban if she has her way.
A little history review…
“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.”
The purpose of the Second Amendment is to arm people in order to protect themselves, their families, property, and to prevent future tyranny. The citizens of this country need the tools to do this. It has nothing to do with hunting!
The term “Well Regulated”, in the language of 1791, meant “Well Manned, Well Trained (able to effectively put rounds on target), and Well Equipped” as was determined in the 1939 United States v. Miller case, this after referencing the autobiography of Benjamin Franklin. The concept of Government Regulation, as we understand it today, did not exist at the time.
The “Militia” in the language of 1791 referred to any male citizen over the age of 17, and of course in this enlightened age, we can now include women in this category. A Militia consisted of armed volunteers willing to fight with their personal arms and not under government control. We all know that this does not refer to the modern National Guard as the liberal anti-gun crowd loves to argue.
United States v. Miller also determined that the term “Arms” refers to “Ordinary Military Weapons” (not crew operated). American Citizens have the right to “Keep and Bear”, which means Own and Carry, any weapons that a soldier carries into battle, which includes past, present and future weapons.
“Shall not be infringed” is self-explanatory, and ties the aforementioned language together.
To limit the Second Amendment to muskets would be the equivalent of limiting the First Amendment to writings in quill pens.
Don’t take my word on this, the US Supreme Court agrees. And yes, there are limits, but I will cover these shortly.
During the revolution, when the British Army (The most powerful fighting force on the globe at that time) had inaccurate smooth bore muskets, our patriot militia had superior and more accurate, albeit slower firing, long range rifles.
When the US Army went to single shot rifles in the mid-19th century, civilians owned similar arms, and in fact, a limited number of Union troops, purchased with their own money, the new “Henry” 16 shot lever action repeating rifle at the end of the civil War, which was far superior to the issue rifles of the day. Called by the Confederates… “That damn Yankee rifle that they load on Sunday and shoot all week long.”
When the Army adopted the bolt action rifle, civilians had the same, and the same can be said for the adoption of the semi-automatic rifles used in WWII. Magazine feed, semi-automatic sporting arms have been popular since the early 1900s.
Semi-automatic arms are the most popular and plentiful in the US, and other than looking evil in the minds of the disingenuous, uninformed, or the gullible, the semi auto AR type of rifle is essentially no different than my vintage 1950’s Browning Automatic deer rifle. Or for that matter, my little “Ruger 10-22″ (.22 caliber) hunting and target rifle I’ve owned since 1968.
“For their own convenience, or just a woeful lack of historical knowledge, the anti-gun crowd and their accomplices in the media have for several generations mislead the American public into believing that semi-automatic firearms were made only for the military, and have no civilian purpose.” Now let’s dispel this myth once and for all; semi-automatic firearms were originally designed for the civilian market and then quickly adapted for use by the military and law enforcement. Not the other way around.
Now the US military has a true “Assault Rifle” which by definition is a select fire weapon, i.e., both semi-automatic and full automatic (a machine gun). But guess what sports fans… full auto weapons (once again machine guns) have been effectively outlawed since the NFA of 1934, so the public currently does not have the same weapon as the military, contrary to what the anti-gun crowd asserts. See – limits! Finally, there is no such thing as an “Assault Weapon” except in the misinformed opinion of, and defined by the various progressive liberal, anti-gun, media and lawmakers.
The bottom line… the first so called assault weapons ban failed miserably in preventing these tragedies. The second AWB, if passed, will do no better, but the real agenda is to ultimately ban all guns from the hands of private citizens. Just wait until my bolt action deer rifle with a scope is considered a sniper rifle by anti-gun crowd. This is their agenda and goal, they say so themselves.
The bad guys do not obey the law, gun free zones are just safe killing zones for the bad guys. And yes, the best way to stop a bad person with a gun is a good person with a gun. Fact.
Some final thoughts…
Those like Senator Feinstein who use tragedies to push agendas are amongst the more deplorable elements of a society. We should not let the scum of society dictate who we are – rather, we should reaffirm who and what we are in the face of such tragedies.
Shame on them and everyone else for using the deaths of kids as an excuse to push their anti-gun agenda. Let’s face it – they didn’t lose ANY sleep over those kids’ deaths any more than they did over the thousands of other strangers that die every day. Where were they with the horrendous the murder rate in Chicago (the most restrictive gun laws in the nation) this past year, where was Rahm Emanuel? Oh, I know, the hypocrite Emanuel sends his children to a school that has armed guards, and then mocks Wayne LaPierre for suggesting the same be done in all schools. Hypocrites like Senator Feinstein on the other hand either have a concealed weapons permit (She is interviewed stating this fact), or an armed security force which the majority of us Californians are denied.
This piece of legislation in the face of senseless acts of violence is nothing more than opportunism displayed in very poor taste. If the anti-gunners like Senator Feinstein would be as rabid to protect us from “‘bad” people as they are from “bad”‘ guns, I’d respect their rants. But most of them are ideologues that use these shootings politically, and never address the societal problems that are breeding these narcissistic killers.
Video brought to my attention courtesy “michael”.
This web page is a pretty good primer on “assault weapons”…