I personally do not own or need to own assault weapons.
I don't think that most people have a need to. A lot of people should not have access to assault weapons or any weapons for that matter.....
But here are the facts...
1. The NRA is extremist but so are anti gun freaks...you must fight fire with fire. Unfortunately in this country we have too much partisinship and you have to take an extreme view to allow any room for negotiating.
2. Michael Moore does a great job in Roger & Me depicting the greed of GM. I think he was right. He also held a "mock" funeral for a guy who needed a pancreas transplant but his HMO refused him. Ultimately they paid for his transplant. BRAVO!
However, In bowling for columbine he says that the reason a 6 YO girl is shot in school is because the mother of the boy who shot her was forced to work in a "Workfare" program and wasn't there to send her kid to school personally??? What a crock! His uncle brought the gun in the house! Moore says this in his film and still blaims the "facist gov't". He also says that other countries have as many guns but less murders.
He wonders why?
I'll tell you why because of all the drugs. He also never once says what % of murders are committed with legally obtained weapons as opposed to street weapons.
Of course not, that would ruin his film.
3. (Probably still related to #2)
The anti-gun freaks like Rosie O'Donnell, Michael Moore, and others are liberals. They must stay along there party lines. Therefore they cannot (without coming acrross lefty lines) blame the criminals. No, They have to take away our rights! They are a bunch of idiots.
....and that is why need an extremist organisation like the NRA defending our rights. If not them....who?
On another note:
Crack Cocaine is illegal, abortion was illegal until the seventies, marijuana, and opiates are illegal....of course the best example - prohibition.
I guess if they ban guns the bad guys won't have any?
Dave King, I agree with what you said, i am not anit-anything that can kill over 200yards, i was talking full blown automatic assault style weapons like M60's M16's Tech 9's etc, but on the other hand, its not the guns, its the "nut behind the but" that is the problem. Even if these weapons are banned, the people who want them for reasons other than Legitamet ones will still be able to get the guns. This is the case in Australia, where to my knowlege all handguns other than target pistols have been banned, however people are still shot with illegal handguns on a fairly regular basis.
I would also like to apoligise to anyone who was offended, as my post before was not ment to offend or enrage, mearly to help myself become more informed on this subject.
I'm with John B on his above post. Sporting guns are loads of fun when you want to use your guns 99.9999% of the time. They give us things to compete with and tinker with and study and show off to our friends and as gifts to the youths in our lives. They are a very important part of the relationship and spending of time with others. Guns are a many faceted subject.
I believe that a guns primary worth, it's significance of purpose is it's ability to aid in a defensive act.
A $5000.00 hunting rifle may be a wonderful investment in the quest for knoledge and achievement and comaraderie but when the walls shake and the enemy advances where is its heart? What exactly will it do for you?
Most of us here know exactly what our bolt guns will do for us when we need them most. They would serve comfortably in the role of long range defence. This also means that they will not work well in close quarters defence. That is why we have shotguns and pistols and ASSAULT WEAPONS. The weapons that are best for staging an assault are also the weapons that are best suited for defending against one. And I do mean punks climbing in your bedroom window on a dark night as well as those currently in the news that threaten to do harm to malls and office buildings located just a few blocks from your neighborhood.
Assault weapons came to the rescue in the conflict in california between the two bank robbers with body armor. Those weapons , given to the police by a private gun store owner, defeated assault weapons used illeagally by criminals.
Should we own "hunting rifles" that shoot a long distance? Yes.
Should we own weapons that shoot many rounds in a reliable manner in rapid succession? Hell yes!
Notice that I didn't use the word "allowed" one single time. This is because punks, criminals and terrorists don't ask permission to have guns and peacefull, civilized humans shouldn't have to.
There you have it. Words from the big chair.
GRAVITY. It's not just a good idea. It's the LAW!
I never said that I was against owning assault weapons. I believe that we should own whatever gun we want.
I said that I personally did not have a need or desire for one. BUT, I fully agree with the right of someone to have one. If the need ever arose where I felt I need one, I want the right to purchase one.
I was also simply stating my opinion when I said that most people do not need them. And yes, there are people that should not own a weapon. I never said I support legislation to ban them. I do think that convicted felons should not be permitted to own weapons.
I tell you, I do not have a problem filling out the yellow sheet when I purchase a long gun, but I do think it ridiculus that I have to jump through hoops to get a pistol. It should be the same thing. The yellow should suffice for ALL weapons.
Why do I like my so-called assault weapon? Because it is accurate, even at a distance, and fun. It is cheap to shoot as well. It is great for shooting small game, like the rock chucks that 4ked Horn, Dave in Idaho and I were shooting a couple of weeks ago - all with our "assault weapons".
The people that want these firearms banned is mostly because of cosmetic reasons - they look menacing. Such as a bayonet lug. OK, how many murders have been committed by someone with a bayonet? Does a pistol grip make it more deadly than any other rifle? Such things like having a "flash suppressor", which in itself is BS since the M16A2 that I had in the Marines was a compensator, not a flash suppressor - but I cannot thread the end of my barrel to intall one unless it is permanately attached.
What the gun control advocates do not realize is that PEOPLE kill, not guns - they are merely a tool. Someone has to aquire the gun, then aquire the ammunition, then load the gun....I think you can see where I am going with this.
The original AWB bill would have made many more firearms evil, such as the M1 garand, my Remington 742 (it has a detachable clip), and many more. The road that this is leading down is the same road that England and Austrailia have already followed. This is not a road that I am willing to follow.
Freedom isn't Free!
I keep nature balanced - I hunt everything!