The Second Amendment guarantees the citizens of the United States the “Right to bear (own) arms.” The big question right now is “does it also guarantee us the right to possess assault style weaponry along with clips/magazines that will hold multiple rounds. Anyone of us can purchase 30-100 round magazines for an assault style weapon.
I used to be a card-carrying member of the NRA, but have not paid my dues in a long time. The recent deadly massacre of innocence in Connecticut has put this issue on the front burner. It has been discussed in the office, the plant, the street, and every community and school from California to Maine. Everyone has an opinion, and quite frankly it is the opinion of the non-hunters and non-shooting sports enthusiast that will probably decide this issue. Hunters and those into sports shooting are in the minority in this country. It’s our relatives, friends, co-workers, and neighbors that stand behind our right to “bare arms” that has kept us from losing those rights.
In my opinion the NRA is making a mistake by digging their heals in when it comes to what amounts to a minor compromise! Wayne LaPierre from the NRA will not give an inch on this issue, which may end up costing the “gun lobby” crucial supporters. We could end up losing far more than assault style weapons and mega round magazines if we (our leadership) is not willing to consider the concerns of the populace. Honestly I do understand the thinking behind the “don’t give an inch” stand of the NRA. I don’t fully trust our government when it comes to my gun rights either, but sometimes you must cut your loses, in order to fight another day!
I have discussed this issue with many people, and frankly have not found a soul that supports the rigid stand of the NRA. Three of my brothers are policemen, and they are in agreement that “Joe Citizen” does not need to have more “firepower” than they do. Mega-clips/magazines are made for one purpose, as far as their concerned! That is to inflict the highest number of casualties in the shortest amount of time possible. As much as they all love to hunt and enjoy the shooting sports, they believe assault style weapons and mega ammo should be only in the hands of the military and police force. My thinking is right there with them on this issue, and I’m hoping public opinion doesn’t turn on “us”to the point we lose more than we ever bargained for.
This may be a mote point, but I know hundreds of hunters/gun enthusiast, and not a one of them owns an assault style weapon for hunting! For personal protection it’s a bit of an overkill I think. If it gets to the point that the government wants all are guns-they will get them. Remember they have tanks, mortars, missiles, bombs, planes, sophisticated weaponry, and an assortment of tactical arms that your puny AR is not going to stop them! Let us hope it never comes to anything like that, but for now something has to be done to help stem the violence in our society! I have some other thoughts on this issue which I will share at a later date.