First off what is an assault weapon? Let’s break it down Barney style, Webster’s says: a threat or attempt to inflict offensive physical contact or bodily harm on a person (as by lifting a fist in a threatening manner) that puts the person in immediate danger of or in apprehension of such harm or contact. Now weapon: something (as a club, knife, or gun) used to injure, defeat, or destroy. Pretty straight forward I’d say, so the true essence of the word is anything threatening that could cause bodily harm. Well that could be my truck when I run some idiot off the road. It could also be my entire body that I have learned to utilize through MCMAP. It could also be the spoon that I use to disembowel you with. Or maybe Janet Reno’s teeth that she uses to eat small children. (She prefers before they’re weaned she says it’s like veal.)What about the internet? How some forty year sitting in front of his computer in his tighty whiteys, poising as some teenage girl to lure boys in to meeting up. How about the whole hacking thing that allows a total stranger to look at those embarrassing photos of you trying to fit into B cup when you thought no one was watching, but you should know better, man boobs that big are at least a D.
The internet is just as threatening as a firearm. But the real reason that they make such a big deal about firearms is because they know that we won’t stand for tyranny, we wouldn’t let it happen before, and I know I would do everything in my power to prevent it from happening now. The whole purpose for the second amendment was so that the people always had a way of defeating tyranny. That was how we beat the British, by the average citizen rising to arms against a common enemy. The whole militia part was because they realized the importance of the people knowing how to use a firearm.
There was a time when the government realized that having the people know how to use a firearm was in no way a bad thing. The Civilian Marksmanship Program was started because they noticed that the people who already knew how to use a firearm were that much easier to train. A good example would be in some long forgotten text in your attic, be careful when you blow the dust off you don’t want to aggravate your allergies. During the Civil War the southern troops were well known for their accurate rifle fire. Why? Because they already knew how to use a firearm, and if they didn’t they didn’t eat, while the Union troops couldn’t hit a barn while standing inside it because they were prim and proper city slickers. If you turn a hand full of pages you will come to the chapter on WWI. In this chapter you will find the story of a long forgotten national hero, named Alvin York. Who single handedly captured thirty two machine gun nests, killed twenty eight Germans, and captured one hundred and thirty two more. By himself! For this courageous act he received the Congressional Medal of Honor. The reason he was so effective was that he knew how to shoot. In a later interview he said that on the numerous attempts that they charged him he would shoot the man in the back of line and continue working his way forward. Just like when he was shooting ducks, because if you shot the one in the front the ones behind would see and then fly away. So at this point some of you, (especially from the west coast) are wondering what this has to do with civilians and guns. Well for starters he was the local deadeye, he would travel all over when shooting competitions, and on occasion they would call him up, he would lick his thumb and rub it on the muzzle then bring his rifle to shoulder and blow Sputnik out of the sky! Yes Rio Linda California that is called sarcasm, but those ducks he shot out of the air back home was done with a .22. For those that are from the west coast this means that only one projectile leaves the barrel meaning that he had to be very good to hit something the size of a duck while flying. Carlos Hathcock is probably the best known sniper to ever live, and he learned how to shoot as a little kid. So the proof is in the pudding as they say.
The CMP was funded by the government as a way to allow people to learn the fundamentals of marksmanship and gun safety making for a better military and less accidents with firearms. Today the CMP still exists, but does not receive a dime from the government, because guns are evil. Oooh I think I soiled myself from all this talk on guns.
They say it’s for our own safety, for the safety of children. Oh really, than why don’t they allow the National Rifle Association’s Eddie the Eagle program into schools nationwide? Here is an excerpt from the NRA’s website: Eddie Eagle is never shown touching a firearm, and he does not promote firearm ownership or use. The program prohibits the use of Eddie Eagle mascots anywhere that guns are present. The Eddie Eagle Program has no agenda other than accident prevention -- ensuring that children stay safe should they encounter a gun. The program never mentions the NRA. Nor does it encourage children to buy guns or to become NRA members. The NRA does not receive any appropriations from Congress, nor is it a trade organization. It is not affiliated with any firearm or ammunition manufacturers or with any businesses that deal in guns and ammunition.
Teaching children like this does not force a pro gun agenda on them, does not teach them how to use a gun, but how to be safe around a gun. That is how you prevent accidents, through education. They say the streets will be safer once they get all the guns off the streets. Oh really? Firearm registration is rather new and there are millions of guns that are legally not registered that I would like to see be taken off the streets. The fact is you aren’t going to get firearms off the streets ever, and by taking them away from law abiding citizens, you are robbing them of the ability to defend themselves from the criminal that still has a gun. If you look at countries that have banned firearms such as South Africa, the medieval weapons manufacturers are bringing in big bucks, because that is the only way they can defend themselves now. Personally I would rather be shot and die quickly than be hacked apart by a claymore, but that’s just me. So safety; that just doesn’t fly. Remember Hitler, Stalin all those guys, guess what they did? They used legislation to ban firearms and take them from the people. Hitler did that very early on, and after that began to really take control of Germany. I don’t want that happening here, but that is the dark truth behind this madness.
I apologize for going off, but it couldn’t be helped. When I read the words assault weapon in Betsy’s post today I went psycho for a second then regained my composure and let go of a random passerby’s throat, and straitened by his collar for him, then sat down and started this. But using the term assault weapon gives a negative connotation to something that shouldn’t have one. A firearm is not to be feared, but respected. I don’t see what is so shocking about someone having a gun in public or at any time, I probably would’ve suggested something with a little more oomph than a .223 but whatever. If anything more people should carry guns, remember Virginia Tech? If one person had a gun, there would be one dead or wounded instead of having numerous families grieving the loss of their children. Now comes the cold, hard, reality, what’s worth more, one dead psycho crazy guy, or two other lives?
Now as I let that sink in I’ll leave with this important message, from my cold dead hands.