I want to clear things up a little bit.
During my examination of President Obama’s agenda on his website I found a lot of really good, well-thought out policies that I could really get behind. I think the man’s got it going for him in quite a few areas, and I hope he really lives up to some of the things he’s proposed. Honestly.
However, while he mentions on his website that he wants to protect the rights and heritage of America’s sportsmen, at the same time he’s also talking about a permanent ban on these so-called “assault weapons.”
I mentioned in my previous post that “assault weapons” is simply a buzz-word, and it’s true. As they are defined:
…refers to a broad category of firearms, including military-style semiautomatic rifles derived from assault rifles, and also including some pistols and shotguns. Assault weapons are often similar in appearance to military firearms, but are capable of firing only one round each time the trigger is pulled.
from Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Assault_weapon
This includes all modern-day hunting rifles. This includes varmint rifles (used to keep agriculturally damaging populations down — you like your food, don’t you? Farmers use these firearms to put that food on your table). This includes pistols used by police, sport shooters, and your grandmother who got mugged three times last year and won’t have it happen again. It includes every gun of every caliber some way or another, because, as one well-researched historian said, “Today’s hunting rifles are the military’s firearms of 50 years ago.”
And, going back even further, the military firearms of past days includes antiquated revolvers of the “Old West” type, double-barreled shotguns, single-barreled shotguns, and muzzleloaders of the mountain man era (yes, they do shoot “one round each time the trigger is pulled”).
B.B. guns/air rifles are also included as they can shoot “one round per trigger pull” and are modeled after real firearms, which, you guessed it, were modeled after military arms.
It isn’t just those crazy, tricked-out rifles you see in Hollywood’s thrillers.
They say they want to protect our hunting and sporting heritage.
Do they really?
With all these vagaries floating around, with all these ill-defined words clouded by a Hollywood-ized version of the “truth,” what is really going on?
Do you really know what your politicians stand for?
Or have you just taken their word for it?
Just one thing: the election is already over. The board is set, the chess pieces in motion. But your work is not done. In the months ahead, please, pay attention to what your legislators are doing. Pay attention to where your government is going. Pay attention, and think about the issues. Formulate an opinion.
People who lived centuries before our time have all said again and again that you can’t trust government.
You, the people, have to be active in it to make it work.
“We the People….”