- Posted January 8, 2013 by
Hickory, North Carolina
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Gun control debate: Background checks
Former Soldier Sees Sense in Gun Control
You can however look at what is statistically the weapon of choice in MASS MURDERS by Nut Jobs, which I’d venture to guess is the Assault rifle. People don’t go into schools or malls or theaters to kill that guy who stole their job. They go there to murder innocent, defenseless people, and to do it in bulk. When they do they don’t want a weapon that only takes 6 shots, or that has a bolt you have to rack every time, or one with a scope for those great long distance headshots in the back row. They want a Sport Rifle (hilarious term used to euphemistically refer to Assault Rifles to placate the government which will not ban them for fear of not being elected.).
So, if you look at the statistics realistically, sure, the majority of murders are not committed with Assault Rifles, but nigh on to the entirety of mass murders by pissed off losers who live with their moms are.
Also, anyone who thinks there is a difference between a semiautomatic AR-15 and a full auto AR-15 should go talk to the nearest person who served in the Infantry. One can be converted to the other very simply with a little know-how and a file.
I served in the Army Infantry and I know enough to be dangerous about nearly every kind of firearm, rocket, grenade, explosive, booby trap what have you. I can tell this…
The three worst things in this whole debate are:
An untrained civilian
A trained Military member who thinks that their service puts them above the law or outside the general public
A politician who won’t do what’s right because his/her job, country club membership, or expensive mistress/lover are more important to him/her than the lives of children, families or the unsuspecting victims of his/her gun crazed constituents.
My sons always ask me to buy them their own .22. I tell them that on the day they bring me an Honorable Discharge, I will consider letting them buy their own. In my opnion, unless you have an Honorable Discharge in your hand when you attempt to purchase an Assault Rifle, you should be turned away immediately. I’m not saying this will stop crazies from buying assault rifles, (I have a lot of ex military friends who are on the nutty side), but as an Honorable Discharge is hard to get these days it would likely limit the number of crazies owning Assault Rifles.
P.S. I do own guns for the protection of my household. I pay for membership at a local shooting range. I do not shoot outside, nor do I hunt to feel justified in doing so. I own plenty of camouflage clothing, none of which I fit in as I’ve let myself go a bit since my Army days. I’m secure enough in my manhood to realize that I do not need an assault rifle regardless of how I’d like to own one if for no other reason than to reminisce about my days in the service, which, if you’ve ever served you will know are spent cleaning weapons more than you shoot them.