Maybe they are right. Who needs “Shoulder Thingies That Go Up”? I mean, that’s some serious effing firepower right there.
Let me tell you. If the Government has it, then we need it too. And here’s why. We have the Second Amendment, and this is exactly what it’s for.
“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.”
While we can throw out the argument about Artillery and the always tossed “would you want your neighbor to have a nuke?” bs response… We can consider all Small Arms as valid and necessary for the security of the people and these are exactly the Arms that shall not be infringed so we can bear them. Penn said it best when he broke the Second Amendment down. Because the Militia is Necessary, we having just fought a war against a well regulated militia, The People – meaning us and not The Militia – will not have our right to keep and bear arms infringed.
To keep and bear…. That means to Have. To Bear, that means to be able to Carry with us. In a holster or over the shoulder on a sling, or even carried in a Low Ready Position – that is bearing arms.
What of these Arms? What are we talking about? Muskets? Certainly not. The British had Muskets, but the Colonials upped the ante with the use of cutting edge weapon technology… We had Rifles. Much more accurate than the Muskets of the standing Militia. Fast forward to today’s times. The US Military rifles are the M4 Carbine and the M16A4. These weapons should be available to the public. But they are not. This gives advantage to The State over The People. Because the people can only have an AR-15, which are Semi Auto Only Sporting Rifles which can be no shorter than 16 inches. The Military has Full Auto and Burst Fire with no restrictions on barrel lengths. If we can not have at least the same rifle as the Military – Our rights have been infringed on. Simple as that.
The big problem with this infringement is the National Firearms Act of 1934, which basically gave rise to the ATF, which is one of the most useless Government Agencies on the Planet. The NFA pretty much infringed on everyone, and insured that the Government is able to put a boot to your neck any time they wish. Ruby Ridge happened over two shotguns that had been cut off slightly shorter than the prescribed 18 inches. A Wife, a Son, and their Dog, along with a Federal Marshall, were killed over an arbitrary length decided on back in 1934. This is ridiculous. But things like that happen all the time with the ATF, because that is their business… the bullshit Dotted I’s and Crossed T’s, they hunt them like IRS Accountants and act as if they are personally insulted if someone forgets to put “UT” behind “PROVO” on the place of birth. Really, how many Provo’s are there in the USA? But that is a violation… VIOLATION!!! Punishable by FINES or the loss of your LICENSE… they can put you out of business if you make too many mistakes in your paperwork, no matter how small.
No other industry is regulated like this. The ludicrousness of this so over the top, no other industry would tolerate it… but it’s done because of the great cause of “Public Safety”.
If this country want’s Safety, it’s pretty easy to do. Disband the ATF and repeal the NFA. Use that budget to improve road signs and put up Hazard Warning systems to alert drivers of dangers ahead in the road. Or for a system that enforces the common sense of not Texting While Driving… you know… things that would actually save lives and not cost them.