“B-b-but… Americans didn’t have AR15’s when the Second Amendment was written!!!!”
Yeah, neither did the government. So let’s get to it, shall we?
Apart from blatantly infringing on our Second Amendment rights simply because certain people insist that it is more civilized to put oneself at the mercy of fate rather than taking responsibility for your safety and the safety of others, I don’t see how making some of the most popular rifles on our market into illegal weapons would help anything. That’s a can of worms I don’t even want to think about opening.
These so-called “assault style rifles” make up a significant amount of the guns privately owned in the US. There are damn near 30 million semi automatic Armalite/Kalashnikov variants already in circulation… Many of which are owned by people who are about as likely to tell you to take your bans and your buy-backs, and stick them up your ass. Oh, and that 30 million or so of these rifles; that’s not including the millions of unregistered AR/AK variants people have built in their garages and basements, PLUS another few million of them that are illegally acquired. So in all reality, we could be looking at as many as 60 million of these rifles floating around our society. How are you going to tackle that?
Your stupid bans that you’re calling for would only accomplish 3 things:
- You would be adding a large portion of these 30 million + rifles to the millions of other illegal weapons already floating around in our society.
- You would be turning millions of your fellow citizens into criminals.
- You would be putting a series of laws on the books that would be impossible for our already understaffed law enforcement agencies to enforce.
And if you think Americans will just go along with it and simply “hand them over”, there are some things you need to take into consideration. For one, all your outcry for gun control typically results in is more of these types of weapons being sold. Another thing to consider, gun owners in states that have brought about your “common sense” gun reform are already not complying.
In New York State…
And considering this is how gun owners are reacting to this in blue states, how do you think this would pan out nationwide?
This is not Great Britain or Australia. This is America. There are over 320 million people living in America and around just as many guns. Add that to the fact that gun ownership is a constitutional right here in the US. So instead of calling for bans or buybacks, instead of turning millions of Americans into criminals, and instead of adding laws to the books that likely won’t be enforced; how about we try coming up with solutions that would actually work?
For starters, how about we demand that schools provide some type of protection for our children instead of making them soft targets for 8 hours? And no I’m not suggesting allowing students to carry guns or having the teachers open carry. What I am suggesting here is the possibility of more School Resource Officers or hiring armed security. Schools are government buildings, right? I walk into the courthouse, it’s filled with armed security and police officers. If I go to the IRS to recover a W-2 I didn’t receive from my employer, the first person I’m going to speak to when I walk in is an armed security guard. So the government can provide armed security for IRS employees and judges, but they can’t provide security for our children when we place them in their custody 5 days a week? Give me a break!!