Time for a Change
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Las Vegas, yet another tragedy, devastated lives, and the search for answers for why we as a country are obsessed with the “right” to own a weapon of war…

When you strip away all of the bluster, reasons, and obsession of Assault Weapon Ownership under the guise of the 2nd Amendment; you find that some of the “justifications” are just as asinine and hollow as some of the Hate Group(s) charter ideologies. Now before anyone gets on the I am trying to compare these entities as one; this is not the case. My intent is to show contrast between groups that use baseless thought processes and personal bias and angst to justify their position no matter how idiotic.

“I have a 2nd Amendment right to own an AR-15 to protect my home, and hunt”
“Guns aren’t the problem; People are the problem”
“Guns don’t kill People; People kill People”
“It’s safer to have guns in Law Abiding Citizens hands than that of the Criminal”
And on, and on, and on…

So, let’s get back to the basics…
The AR-15 and subsequent M-16 models were designed as a military weapon to give our soldiers an advantage over the AK-47 period. They were not designed for home protection or sport; it was designed specifically to keep lead going down range at a high rate of fire through the use of high capacity magazines and to KILL effectively; I say again kill…

The ammunition is designed to tear through its target and inflict the maximum damage possible. A 9mm round has an average of 1200 foot-pounds of muzzle pressure; it is designed to penetrate and expand. The average 223/5.56 round conversely has a muzzle pressure 3 times that amount and is designed to incapacitate, maim, and kill.

The ironic thing here is I do own a couple of weapons that are based on the AR Platform. Why? Because I like to shoot, nothing more nefarious than that. I do not hunt with them, I do not use them for home protection, and do not feel the need to parade it around openly under the guise of the 2nd Amendment.

I also was trained and carried those weapons for over 20 years of my life… I spent time in Somalia, Haiti, Egypt, 3 tours in Bosnia, Afghanistan, and 2 tours in Iraq. Many different cultures, lifestyles, demographics, and beliefs. The old Army saying” See the World, meet new People, and kill them…” sounds pretty bad however; in every one of these environments, there was not one person that was not cognizant of what the business end of an M16/M4 meant.

Therein lies my point; as much as I believe in the right to Bear Arms or Arm Bears, I cannot provide one lucid reason why I have a right to own a weapon of war. I say again, a weapon of war…
I think what gave me a little perspective when I was teaching Firearms Safety at Boy Scout Summer Camp. The “Youth Counselor” had to keep reminding me that this was Firearms Safety, not Weapons Safety. It took me a couple of classes to tone it down some however; I was not trying to present a gung ho mentality; I just never referred to my M4 as a Firearm; it was always my weapon…

There has been and will continue to be a one sided dialogue about the issue and the merits of owning/not owning an AR15 Rifle. In my not so humble opinion the discussion needs to be narrowed down to the following points of order:

1. What is the risk vs. intent for assault weapons ownership?
2. What is the definition of an Assault Weapon?
3. Does “Practical” use trump what the intended use of the weapon
was designed to do?
4. Does the 2nd Amendment provide an unalienable right to own an
Assault Weapon?
5. Do firearms classified as Assault Weapons belong in same
category as Sport and Recreation?

The bottom line is this; Any firearm classified as an Assault Weapon has no business being in the hands of Joe Blow. Get your feelings hurt, cry foul, or be offended but know; the only way to effectively mitigate and reduce large mass casualty occurrences is to get weapons of war off of the street.

Will this end it all? We all know the answer to that… However; it has to start somewhere and if we as a people can’t see that we will continue to reflect on tragic events that “No One Could Have Prevented” Is one life saved worth it? I say yes.
It’s time we stopped making excuses and make a decision for the many, not the few…

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wayne44 commented on Wednesday, Oct 04, 2017 at 14:41 PM

I agree with you about the assault weapons. If that was the only weapon banned it would be fine, but the gun control crowd would not stop there. The other problem I see is that it will not stop the maniacs who will figure out some other way to kill the most people possible. A prime example was the Oklahoma bombing and the Boston Marathon bombing. I don't know the solution to the vileness that permeates our society but the media and pundits only make it worse with their using tragedys to further their agenda.

wayne44 commented on Wednesday, Oct 04, 2017 at 14:47 PM

HMJC, I too carried the M-16 during my Army career. You are right that it was developed to have maximum fire power and greater killing power. I personally would have preferred the M-14 because of its accuracy but its fire power could not compare with the M-16. Very thoughtful article!

HMJC commented on Wednesday, Oct 04, 2017 at 14:56 PM


Appreciate your feedback and you are right; instead of focusing on one part of the problem at a time and addressing that specific issue; the cry for all firearms to be “controlled” or banned will ensue. As much as I would like to blame it all on Congress, I can’t. We as a people are the ones whose rhetoric is being used to sensationalize the issue regardless of which side of the barrel you stand on. I have never been accused of being the sharpest tool in the shed however; in this case it is easy. Either enact common sense legislation, not gun control… and address this specific issue.

Get weapons of war off of the street, ban high capacity magazines and track all of us “Doomsday Preppers” Hoarding ridiculous amounts of ammunition. Or… make the vetting process for owning an Assault Weapon more in depth and maintain a registry of the likes of me that own one. As for me I am ok with that, have nothing to hide and at the end of the day, if Big Brother says no… so what… I will be ok somehow.
If we are not part of the solution, we are part of the problem.

Sheran commented on Wednesday, Oct 04, 2017 at 18:03 PM

The thought of Congress getting anything right on gun control is almost like my dreams of hitting the lottery, it's not going to happen.

gacpl commented on Wednesday, Oct 04, 2017 at 21:45 PM

people forget the 2nd amendment is not about home protection, it's about the people being able to defend themselves from a tyrannical government. they will keep trying to chip away on our rights bit by bit, and once the 2nd amendment is gone, there's nothing to protect the people from the government from taking the rest.

Sheran commented on Wednesday, Oct 04, 2017 at 22:07 PM

Ted Nugent at his best, I totally agree.


MikeLongCounty commented on Saturday, Oct 07, 2017 at 20:42 PM

HMJC I appreciate you piece. I guess my view is simply this, if I am an American citizen in good standing and have no reason on my record not to be able to purchase a firearm and I am cognitively responsible, then I ought to be able to purchase any type of firearm I desire. Now do I have a problem with back ground checks...no. Do I have a problem with reasonable waiting periods...no. Do I have a problem with required firearm training...no. I have no problem with any of these. But at the end of the day, I ought to be able to buy any type of firearm I desire. That is my right, not a privilege, but my right. To protect my family, myself, and my country.

gacpl commented on Sunday, Oct 08, 2017 at 08:46 AM

just so people know, as we keep hearing about background checks, they are already a requirement to but a gun. even at gun shows.

HMJC commented on Tuesday, Oct 10, 2017 at 10:07 AM

Thanks Mike, I respect your position. To be honest I was a little conflicted when I wrote this because I didn't want to come off as a hypocrite as I do like my Firearms... Unfortunately, it seems in this case that this cat met all of the checks but still went off the deep end.

This instance is a crystal clear example of an Assualt Weapon being used for its intended purpose with intended devastating results.

The reality is all not Law Abiding Citizens should have an Assualt Weapon in their hands. This weapon was made for War, nothing else and although the vast majority of us would never contemplate/carry out such a heinous attack, all it takes is one to tragically change lives forever.

Banning Assualt weapons is not the end all cure all but it is actionable as clearly has the potential to mitigate the wake of tragedies our country has experienced of the last decade.

gacpl commented on Tuesday, Oct 10, 2017 at 10:21 AM

Banning Assault weapons is the first step to disarming the population. i'll say this again,

the 2nd amendment is not about home protection, it's about the people being able to defend themselves from a tyrannical government.

the other common link the democrats conveniently leave out is, all of these shooters has been registered democrats.
so why don't we ban them?

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