The United States’ 2nd Amendment states “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.” With all of the horrible shootings over the past two decades, with many occurring in schools, a debate about the meaning of this Amendment has become heated. We hear politicians, celebrities, parents, and even children now talking about gun control. The extreme side of this argument is that no US citizen needs a firearm for any reason whatsoever. The middle of the road argument is that there is no need for any citizen to need an assault weapon such as the publicized AR-15. The more lenient side is that there should be more detailed background screenings, especially into mental health.
I’ve heard arguments that the AR-15 is not a military weapon and therefore the arguments for confiscating these rifles is unfounded. I own an AR-15 myself. It is a blast to shoot. I bought it for two simple reasons. 1) I wanted one for recreational purposes. 2) I wanted one for defense purposes. I passed the background search and was approved to purchase one several years ago. I’ve actually only shot it two times due to limited outside access for a place to really enjoy it at longer ranges. Shooting a firearm just isn’t that fun to me at a gun range, especially with a rifle. Another reason for ownership is that in many states an AR-15 style weapon is permitted to hunt with while in season. The high capacity 30 round magazines have also been criticized by the left. I understand their concerns. However in the unfortunate event of a zombie apocalypse I want as many rounds as possible ready to go. LOL But seriously these rifles aren’t that much different than other hunting rifles other than they are semi automatic. I do see the need to ban bump stocks which turn these into more of an automatic machine gun. However even a modified AR-15 with a bump stock should not be confused with an automatic AR-15 which is only available to law enforcement and the military. A normal AR-15 can fire about 4 rounds per second whereas a modified version with a bump stock can fire about 8 rounds per second. An automatic AR-15 can fire as many as around 15 rounds per second so clearly you can see the difference.
It doesn’t really matter what kind of legislation a state or even our federal government passes, high capacity assault rifles don’t kill people, automatic or semi automatic. No firearm kills a person any more than a car kills someone with a drunk driver behind the wheel. Another evil or mentally ill individual kills another person. We’ve seen rental moving trucks full of nitrogen based fertilizer used to kill 168 people in Oklahoma City in 1995. We saw airplanes fly into the Twin Towers in New York and the Pentagon in 2001 which resulted in 2977 deaths by terrorists. We saw 130 citizens killed in Paris in 2015 by terrorists using knives, assault rifles, and bombs. Last year a terrorist drove a van through Barcelona, Spain killing 13 innocent civilians and wounding about 80 more. And yes, we have seen horrible acts by students upon other students as recently as last month in Florida where 17 innocent students were killed by Nikolas Cruz with an AR-15 style weapon.
But what do I see as a common theme in regards to all of the heinous acts against innocent citizens? Well I actually see one of two in every incident. They are either performed by terrorists from religious hate or they are acted out by seriously mentally deranged people. So what do I think should be done? Personally I think the FBI and the states’ versions of the FBI need to be working in unison to identify these perpetrators before they attack. I believe law enforcement already does a good job in the United States with identifying and stopping most terrorists, but what about the mentally ill? They must devise a strategy that identifies the potential perpetrators and have them mentally evaluated before the crime occurs. In many instances the shooter has already been in contact with law enforcement or someone has alerted law enforcement to the concern of a potential shooting in the future. I do believe in these cases if a battery of tests identifies a person as an endangerment to others or themselves, measures must be taken to keep them away from all firearms as well as any other potential method they could use. But we must remember that guns don’t kill people. People kill people and with whatever tools or methods they can best achieve the worst outcome with.
So what rights does the 2nd Amendment protect for me? I believe it says that I have the right to own firearms that are non-military grade. I could even agree that it supports the right for me to own a bazooka or hand grenades if that is what it takes to secure a free State. In today’s world with drones and missile systems with near pin-point accuracy, let’s face it, we would never be able to hold off our military in the case of a dictatorship. Only if part of that military were to defect and join the said militia would citizens stand a chance. I think the importance here is more about our ability to protect us from a crime outbreak in our community. I’m thinking back to when the riots occurred in Los Angeles in 1992 as a result of the Rodney King beatings in which at least 63 citizens were killed and over 2,000 were injured. My Springfield XD would help in that situation of defending my property but I would much rather have my AR-15 loaded with 30 rounds to protect my wife and children. Are the odds of that happening pretty low? Yeah probably so unless you live in the downtown area of a large city with a high crime rate like Los Angeles, New York City, or Chicago. With the things we are seeing in our nation lately I think anything is possible. Therefore I will fight for my right to bear arms and vote for those who will fight along side me as well. If you agree with me and are not already a member of the NRA, I highly recommend you join immediately. You even get a free monthly magazine with your membership. #NRA #2ndAmendment #beararms