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Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Past time to reduce guns in America

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I’ve been a gun owner, hunter and sportsman for most of my life.  I grew up hunting, have expert weapons ratings and own a few rare firearms, most stored in secure locations by companies that protect them.

After the latest attack on a high school by a mentally-disturbed 19-year-old who killed 17 and wounded many more at a Miami high school this week, I am re-considering private ownership of assault-style weapons and those designed for military purposes.

Nikolas Cruz used an AR-15, a semi-automatic version of the military M-16, to mow down students in the hallways of the school that expelled him for continued problems.  He owned the weapon, which usually uses .223 or NATO .556 ammunition, and — Florida officials say — owned it legally in Florida.

Those who knew him say Cruz held a fascination for weapons, taped himself killing animals, including pets, and talked about the need to “take out” those who didn’t like.  Cruz does not like a lot people, we’re finding out now.

The students who died and others who lived in fear at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. are the latest to die in classrooms in what has become annual terrors in America.  They now at the ones stepping up and saying something needs to be done by the flood of weapons in our country.

“Blood is being spilled on the floors of Americans classrooms, and that is not acceptable,” said Parkland senior David Hogg to the Washington Post Thursday.  “By working through partisanship and working through our differences…we can make an actual change.  And who knows? Maybe we could save some children’s lives.”

“How are we allowed to buy guns at the age of 18 or 19?  That’s something we shouldn’t be able to do,” Lyliah Skinner, who survived the shooting, told CNN.

The kids appear smarter than many adults.  Maybe they are because they are the targets in too may of the multiple shootings in America nowadays.

The pro-gunners will argue that Americans fight and die with M16 in their hands and too many were 19, the same age at Cruz.  In Vietnam, the average age of an American military “grunt” in the bush was 19.

Those who question the availability of a weapon like an AR-15, assume the “AR” means “Assault Rifle” but the National Shooting Sports Foundation, which calls itself “The Firearms Industry Trade Association,” says the AR came from ArmaLite, which the company that helped develop military weapons in the 1950, including the AR-5 for the U.S. Air Force as a lightweight survival rifle.  It became the M-1 Survival Rifle (the military designation).

Eugene Stoner, a former Marine and Army ordnance tech, helped Armalite help a replacement for the AR-10 in 1956 and called it an AR-15.  The company licensed the AR-15 to Colt Patent Firearms Manufacturing and, with changes and some reliability problems, became the M-16 for the American military.

Armalite ended up being sold to Elisco Tool Manufacturing Company in the Philippines and Armalite shipped inventory, tools and manufacturing equipment to that islands and ceased U.S. Operations. The Philippine operations were wiped out by the country’s political stability.  In the meantime, Eagle Arms, a company that sold M16 and AR-15 parts, acquired expired Stoner’s early patents and started building full rifles in 1989.

Today, many firearms companies make AR-15 style rifles, including Colt, the original military supplier of the fully automatic version M16.

The AR-15 continues to be one of the most popular rifles for sale to the general public and is considered the “assault style” weapon of choice for many, who calls them varmint weapons, sporting rifles and target guns.

Ammo choices now include ranges beyond the .223 and 556 calibres, including 380, 9mm and others.

it is, however, the weapon of choice by those who want to play soldier, engage in para-military training with militias and carried by white supremacy groups in America.

Former Republican Congressman David Jolly represented Florida’s 13th congressional district told CNN Thursday: “Republicans will never do anything on gun control.  We have a broken nation on the issue of guns.”

“The idea of gun policy in the Republican Party is to try to get a speaking slot at the NRA and prove that constituency that you’re further right,” he adds.

I belonged to the NRA once. I quit after they endorsed racist George Allen for the Senate simple because he was “right” about guns.

Jolly’s advice to American voters?  “First, flip the House.  Republicans are not going to do a single thing after this (latest) shooting incident.”

He also urges Democrats to work for “increment wins” including stronger and more universal background checks.

Jolly added:

Let me be honest. I’m a conservative Second Amendment person who sponsored some pretty hardcore Second Amendment bills…I believe in Second Amendment issues, but I believe in background checks and reasonable restrictions—maybe even banning assault rifles.

As a lifetime gun owner who has owned assault style weapons over the years, including rare models, I agree with Jolly.  It is time to turn out backs on the NRA and the those who want unlimited access to firearms, particularly the military styles of armament.

They have no place in our homes.  I keep such weapons offsite, protected by a company that takes care of them.  If I have a use for one, I check it out, use it legally and then clean and return it to protected quarters.

I will never buy another military or assault style weapon.  I have handguns for protection and a concealed carry permit.  I have rifles and shotguns, some for hunting, some for target shooting and other legal uses and I retain them.

If Congress adopts a law to not only stop sales of assault style or military grade weapons but require them to be surrendered to law enforcement or a government location to be melted down, I will do so without question or protest.  I may donate some collectibles to museums for permanent loan for display.

I will not sell any weapons to another private owner.  I will take them out of circulation.

This is my first step as a gun owner who increasingly understand the need to take drastic steps to reduce the number of weapons in private hands in this nation.  Hopefully, it is a first step that others might follow…before it is too late.

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10 thoughts on “Past time to reduce guns in America”

  1. What any ignorant individual, group, or even treasonous government thinks or feels is IRRELEVANT. The ONLY thing that matters is the Constitution, thank God. otherwise you ignorant people would give away the only thing that gives We the People ANY chance of defending ourselves against a tyrannical government which is why our Founders acknowledged, not GAVE us, our God given right to self defense secured by our 2nd Amendment. And for the record, the 2nd Amendment has nothing to do with hunting so drop it.

    I know you ignorant people will ignore my remarks as good little liberals do, but I am going to make them so you can no longer say you did not know. If you were honest enough to read statistics, LEO records indicate that gun ownership prevents somewhere between 800,000 and 2 million crimes per year. How many of those crimes would have ended in deaths no one can know, but the point is guns save more lives than are lost when guns are used by murderers to kill people.

    Why don’t you want to ban knives? After all, knives are used to kill 5 times as many people as do ALL rifles combined, so by your logic, which is questionable, you should ban knives before rifles. Medical malpractice kills 12 times as many people as are murdered in the US each year, so why aren’t you calling to ban doctors? The point is your logic is either faulty or it is an intentional lie which I believe to be the case. I believe the latter because it is the same lie that the communists and socialists and fascists (yes Nazis were fascists or national socialists, NOT right wing!) used in the 20th century. Those lies led to the death and murder of about 100 million UNARMED people who had no way to defend themselves. Yes, all the Axis powers and Russia murdered 100 million UNARMED people. Our Founders were wise enough to recognize that power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely, so they included the 2nd Amendment as one way for We the People to defend ourselves against tyranny.

    To take away our ability and right of self defense will sentence ALL Americans, including you and your families, to being at the mercy of criminals who WILL keep their guns and who WILL use them on you, and being at the mercy of a government that is already moving towards a police state.

    You may be willing to put your lives in the hands of criminals on the street and in government, but freedom loving Americans are not. You may want to read what history has to say about countries whose people have either willingly given their liberty away in exchange for what they thought was security or had it stolen by tyrants. To my knowledge, it has never turned out well for the people. At least I would bet the 100 million killed or murdered by their own governments in WWII would agree.

    • With your various claims, you haven’t cited your sources. And because of your thorough indoctrination, you can’t seem to see that NOBODY is going to take your precious guns. The only argument has been for responsible gun ownership. And because you get your “news” from the rw, I’m sure they just jumped all over Sen. Grassley when he said that letting the mentally ill acquire guns has to be looked into. But you don’t think it’s strange that last year (exactly) he was the lead sponsor on loosening the requirements for the mentally ill to acquire guns? Oh, and the GOP has also refused to ban gun sales to those people on the terrorist watch list. Now you see? You have absolutely nothing to be afraid of Republican hypocrisy. Regardless, we should all “take a moment to honor the sacrifice of our brave school children who lay down their lives to protect our right to bear arms.” (Randall Buck) So Mike, give credit where credit is due.

      • I prefer to mourn their loss rather than honor the needless loss of life of our most precious resource, our children, when it was unnecessary. The FBI knew the killer had problems as they were notified well in advance, and the school also knew he was a potential threat as they issued a directive preventing him from entering the campus with a backpack.

        I fail to see how a tragic loss of life was a decision on the part of innocent children to protect our right to keep and bear arms, especially when the school is a gun free zone meaning they had no right to keep and bear arms, nor was it likely that the teachers did either though had they been carrying and had they been trained, they might have saved many lives.

        It is a fact that the city with the highest per capita gun ownership in the US, Plano, TX, has one of the lowest per capita homicide rates in the world. Liberals believe that gun ownership leads to murders, so if that were true, which it clearly is not, Plano would be the murder capitol of the world. Oddly, the cities with the highest per capita murder rates are those where liberals have held control for many decades during which time they have succeeded in making it difficult if not impossible for law abiding citizens to own guns. Yet they never find it odd that the cities they control that have the lowest legal gun ownership also have the highest murder rates.

        In the end, liberals, as puppets of international communists, have largely succeeded in destroying America by removing God from America. That is the real cause of the destruction of families, the rise of crimes of all kinds, and worst of all, the murder of over 60 million innocent babies ripped from their mother’s wombs. That is a crime that will not go unpunished forever, so the day is coming when America will know what the righteous anger of God can do to a haughty, evil people. By the time you realize it, it will be too late to do anything to stop it.

        And by the way, studying the Constitution is not indoctrination. Here endeth the lesson.

        • “Liberals as puppets of international communists?” Whatever those are. Learn your history Mike. Conservatives have been on the wrong side of history since our Revolution. Even back then, they sided with the Crown. They were called Tories. The only good “conservatives” throughout our history has been Lincoln and Eisenhower. Today, they would be considered Liberal. In your political leanings, you may want to study the (de)evolution of the Republican party and what being a conservative consists of today. Most of all, look up the basic tenants of fascism. You’ll be surprised how close we are. That is, if you can maintain any objectivity you have left.

        • Also, because we “libtards” don’t wear our religion on our sleeve, we’re not god-fearing? I can honestly say that I’m proud not to be a member of the “Christian Right” because I’m not a hypocrite.

    • “We the People ANY chance of defending ourselves against a tyrannical government which is why our Founders acknowledged, not GAVE us, our God given right to self defense secured by our 2nd Amendment.”

      God didn’t give anyone any rights, because Zeus on Olympus is mythical fiction. So’s Marduk, Ba’al, and Jupiter. Quetzalcoatl was not a god. All gods are fictional.

      “LEO records indicate that gun ownership prevents somewhere between 800,000 and 2 million crimes per year.”

      [citation needed, and preferably not from the NRA or Fox News]

      “but the point is guns save more lives than are lost when guns are used by murderers to kill people.”

      [citation needed]

      “Why don’t you want to ban knives? After all, knives are used to kill 5 times as many people as do ALL rifles combined”

      [citation needed – also misleading: it’s mostly handguns that kill, but they’re still guns. Of course, a huge problem in Compton is drive-by knifings, where sometimes they even stop the car, get out, go into a totally unrelated house and knife a few innocent kids.]

      “Medical malpractice kills 12 times as many people as are murdered in the US each year,”

      [citation needed]

      “(yes Nazis were fascists or national socialists, NOT right wing!)”

      [citation needed. Just because they called themselves socialist doesn’t mean they were. Think the
      Democratic Republic of North Korea (or the Congo) is a democratic republic?]

      “so they included the 2nd Amendment as one way for We the People to defend ourselves against tyranny.”
      You’re welcome to try your single-shot rifles against a .50 caliber machine gun nest. Or a Cessna against an F-16. Typically, people who fight against oppressive government are called ‘terrorists’. Look at the Taliban in Afghanistan – They’re armed, and fighting against a foreign power attempting to enforce tyranny upon their country. And you call them freedom fighters? Ronald Reagan did.

      “You may want to read what history has to say about countries whose people have either willingly given their liberty away in exchange for what they thought was security or had it stolen by tyrants.”

      And I’d guess you voted for a totally unqualified demagogue who rules mostly by lying about everything and appointing his family to key positions. I could be wrong.

      “To my knowledge, it has never turned out well for the people. At least I would bet the 100 million killed or murdered by their own governments in WWII would agree.”

      As opposed to those murdered by the government of the USA, egged on by people who scream “freedom” and wave the flag over the bloody battlefields of Korea, Vietnam, Afghanistan, Laos, and Iraq.

      If you really want freedom to own any gun you want, feel free to move to Somalia or the South Sudan. They’ll give you fully-automatic rifles, rocket-propelled grenades, tripod-mounted machine guns, you name it. I offer this to all gun nuts, and wonder of wonders – None have taken me up on it.

      I add that the governments of Somalia, Yemen, and bits of Syria don’t enforce paying taxes either. If you don’t like paying taxes, I strongly suggest you move to an entirely tax-free area.

      In short, you are wrong on pretty much every fundamental fact, and your belief in your ability to resist a tyrannical government is wildly silly. Especially when you keep voting for politicians that are ‘tough on crime’ granting them power after power to hunt down, well, people like you.

      Have a nice day,

      Jon

  2. I haven’t shot a gun since Vietnam. My father-in-law gave me 2 shotguns and a .22 rifle (Marlin 39A Golden, which I understand is quite the gun), none of which I’ve shot. I got a FOID card because I had to. Took the guns to a gun store owner who’ve I’ve known for years because he buys used guns. He told me that with a Republican administration in power, he couldn’t give me what they were worth. He recommended that I wait until a Democratic administration was in, and I could get more. He’s a diehard Republican and told me that Obama and Hillary were his best sales people. And he was serious. SAD.

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