Terry Thomas

Assault Weapons

Well since I have been classified as being on the no friend zone from my comments about high capacity magazines and assault weapons. I feel I need to clarify my thinking.

Statistics show and one cannot argue with the stats that say that less than 4 % of murders committed in American in 2014 were done so with an assault type rifle. Less than 4 %. In fact 13 + % of the murders committed in 2014 were done so with a knife of some type. I did find that interesting. So what in the heck is wrong with my thinking? So here is my reply. Mass murders seem to always be in a
SOFT TARGET AREA. By that I mean, gun free zones like schools, churches, marathons, honky tonks, and dance clubs any where the sign outside reads NO FIREARMS ALLOWED or GUN FREE ZONE.

Just doing the math there were 32.76 murders committed everyday in 2014 if you average out nation wide. Some with guns, some with assault weapons, with knifes, fist, ball bats, vehicles and so forth. When you look at the deaths by assault weapons there were roughly 500 murders in 2014 if all I read is correct. That should come out to about 1.36 murders per day by an assault weapon. The above 500 murders, that is my problem folks. Every time we hear about a mass shooting 10, 20, 30 and up to 49 people die within a few minutes from an assault weapon attack versus 32.76 people who are murdered within a 24 hour period from all sort of different things.

So looking at it from the clock stand point there are 1,440 minutes in a 24 hour period. That means that on average 1 person is murdered every 43.95 minutes by various means. With an assault weapon attack, an average guess is 20 plus people are murdered in less than a couple of minutes on average. Just a guess.

We are forced to live with the fact that these villains are trying to drive us into the darkness from the horror that they show us. They want to drive us so far into the darkness that we will become afraid of light. America has already lived through 10 years of an assault weapons ban and we survived just fine. The problem for me was the ban was not really a ban. It was elected officials playing a game.

Until we come up with a better plan to protect our children in safe zones, our lives in fun places and events. We need to remove assault weapons and high capacity magazines from our world. And we need invoke a mandatory 10 year prison sentence with no parole for anyone who violated that ban. That penalty is just for being convicted of having an assault weapon in your possession.

I know we take pride in owning an assault weapon but I have yet to come up with one good reason why we need them.

Ok, reasons:

1. They are cool to look at.
2. They are fun to shoot.

Non reasons:

1. They are pretty much useless to hunt with unless you get your kicks shooting June Bugs and so forth. Yes you could use them to hunt coyotes or other predators. In my 50 plus years of hunting I have never been over run by coyotes or any other predator. Bolt action rifle, lever or pump action rifles, standard semi automatic rifles with three shot magazines or shotgun is all you need for varmints.

2. The projectile is extremely dangerous beyond your target. It will pass through walls, car doors and store fronts across the street. Your chances of killing someone innocent are extremely high unless you have law enforcement training. And even law enforcement has had that happen to them. When hunter safety says know your target and beyond, they say that for a reason. In a combat situation we as civilians are not trained to recognize that.

Now to finish: We the people took away Tommy Guns in the roaring twenties and America did just fine.

Our fathers and grandfathers raised their children on 7 shot 45 automatics, six shot revolvers, 22 rifles and a lever, pump or bolt action high powered rifle. And we did just fine.

Our parents and grandparents did not have to face what we are up against day, and I understand that. If we the people want to see that our friends and family are safe as are the future families that will be here before we know it.

The gun owners of America have a serious decision that they must make.

How many life’s lost should we accept per gun killing. One is one to many as far as I am concerned, but I know it will happen. We have a chance here to hopefully make the loss of human life a lot less. We will never stop it, but we have a chance to control the worst of the worst during this current crisis we are faced with. By just standing up and saying, I don’t like it, but it has to be done for I worry about the safety of my family.

I don’t know the answer folks, I wish I did.

All I know is mass killings are done with assault weapons, explosives and hand guns with high capacity magazines.

We are in the fight of our life here, battling an enemy who looks just like us. Works everyday, has an education, nice home, fine car and even a family. You cannot fight the enemy if both sides are wearing the same uniform. Vietnam taught us that. But we can reduce the enemies’ access to weapons they can legally buy, and then turn those weapons on the innocent.

We have a decision to make.

The Second Amendment insures we have a right to own a firearm and I do not believe that will ever be taken away, although it will be abused some.

Looking back folks when the Second Amendment was written, the government and the people all had the exact same weapon. A muzzle loader type hand gun or rifle. The only advantage that the government had over the people back then was the government had cannons.

Folks below are one of the ratification's of the constitution the last submission by those who objected to the way some of the amendments were being worded prior. Item # 1 is what I believe was the final suggested, I could be wrong.

1. That the people have a right to bear arms for the defense of themselves and their own State or the United States, or for the purpose of killing game; and no law shall be passed for disarming the people or any of them unless for crimes committed, or real danger of public injury from individuals; and as standing armies in the time of peace are dangerous to liberty, they ought not to be kept up; and that the military shall be kept under strict subordination to, and be governed by the civil powers.

2. How did we go from the above to: "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."

I don’t know.
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