Right Wing Army

One of the scarier things that has happened since the election was finalized is the enormous increase in gun sales. guns0081Yes, it is good for the economy, but really! People are so afraid that Obama is going to take away their guns that they have deluged the gun shops and gun shows and are arming themselves to the teeth. Apparently, sales of assault weapons are through the roof. Obama is definitely against people owning these weapons, as am I. Why do ordinary citizens have the right to own these guns? Or semi-automatics? Does anyone have a real need for one either to hunt or for personal safety?

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6 responses to “Right Wing Army

  1. fiacha

    The answer is yes, we have a right to these guns. The founders werent interested in protecting bambi and using a gun for home defense, those pesky 2nd believers, see it as a right to have the tools to stand against a tyrant goverment.

    There are those that will argue that its for a militia, then we start talking what that is, what ever directions our goverment takes it will not be able to get to out of hand until it gets rid of the guns, and the mentality that says we have the right to fight back.

    I am have hope that the Dems in congress and our new president will let us bitter folks hold onto our guns, and put their time and energy into making the social and economic change they have promised.

    fiacha

  2. Jill

    That the Dems in congress want to take away your guns is nonsense. And allowing every citizen to have every weapon at their disposal is also nonsense. Should you be able to buy a cannon? A rocket launcher? A missile? The framers of the constitution did not imagine a country with its paranoid citizens hoarding assault weapons. We all accept that society can put limits on our freedoms. Speed limits, voting and drinking age limits, why not gun limits? Do you actually feel safer knowing that anywhere you go, the stranger you are interacting with may have a gun? I don’t.

  3. NotJill

    That the Dems in congress want to take away your hammers is nonsense. And allowing every citizen to have every hammer at their disposal is also nonsense. Should you be able to buy a sledge hammer? A jack hammer? A nail gun? The framers of the constitution did not imagine a country with its paranoid citizens hoarding assault hammers. We all accept that society can put limits on our freedoms. Speed limits, voting and drinking age limits, why not hammer limits? Do you actually feel safer knowing that anywhere you go, the stranger you are interacting with may have a hammer? I don’t.

  4. NotJill

    I guess I was trying to say that to millions of Americans guns are nothing more than a tool. A tool for shooting deer, or a tool for overthrowing a tyrannical government. These are the kind of people that take the wording “shall not be infringed” literally. Criminals will have the weaponry regardless. Why keep someone from owning a weapon they are not going to use? As a member of the USAF, I think it is important for people to keep and bear arms as it is the peoples responsibility to stand up for their own country. As someone who does keep and bear arms, I think that is my responsibility to protect my family from any assault. As the National Anthem proudly states “Oh, thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand between their loved home and the war’s desolation.” It’s an ideology thing.

  5. Jill

    I do respect the rights of citizens to own guns. I would never be for taking all guns away. But I do think that the kinds of guns available to the general public may be limited. I guess I believe in goodness enough to think that a tyrannical government is not going to be a problem. But I will be calling on you if it is. 😉

  6. NotJill

    And it’s appreciated! I would be inclined to agree that the average citizen does not need a rocket launcher or anything along those lines. But take the AR-15. By definition any weapon that can be obtained by a civilian is not an assault rifle because it is not capable of selective fire. The AR-15 is chambered in 5.56 NATO / .223 Remington. A good friend, who is a farmer, has a “normal” rifle chambered in .223 Remington which he uses to kill varmint or coyote that are pestering his livestock. Both put the same lead down range in the same manner, the only difference lies in the design and capacity of the rifles. Arguably, the design of the rifle does not matter, neither does the caliber in most cases: it is the placement of the shot that makes the kill. Granted, I can kill a dear with my .30-06 bolt action much easier than with my 9mm automatic-action carbine. However, there is just much more energy available to put an animal down by an unskilled shooter. Back to the .223, the other difference between the AR-15 and his weapon is that the capacity of an AR-15 is much higher. A good rifleman (read person) does not and should not rely on magazine capacity alone. Again, it is the shot placement that matters. Most gun fights (and I can’t remember the source on this) only involve three or four shots.

    That being said, it is the right of the individual to decide if they wish to keep and/or bear arms. I respect anyone who declines that right for whatever reason they wish. I feel that the gun laws on the books as of this moment are at the lower limit of acceptability in the issue of gun control. I think that the influx of post-election gun purchases has a great deal to do with the opening of many hunting seasons at this time of the year, but there has been a noticeable increase in first time buyers and of assault-style weapons. I think people in a way are saying no further to the tightening of gun laws.

    As far as the potential overthrow of a tyrannical government, I doubt it will ever happen in my lifetime. But you should know that I was once a scout and now an Emergency Manager / CBRNE Specialist. Further, I was raised in a very rural environment where guns were never more than tools to protect livestock or to put dinner on the table. Therefore, any weapon will never be seen as anything more than a tool to me, as evidenced by my somewhat rash reply earlier.

    Thank you for the lovely conversation (albeit online).

    -G. King
    gking86@gmail.com

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