In recent months (and in very recent days), the call for banning “assault rifles,” or banning Muslims has run rampant. Do people really think that banning a certain type of weapon or a specific religious group will solve a the mass shooting problems we have here in the US? In just the past few days, 49 people were killed and another 53 injured by a “Muslim” with an “AR-15.”
First off, this Muslim was an American citizen, born in New York and residing in Florida. How does stopping Muslims from entering the country resolve the issue of American born terrorists killing people? Talk about a political end run. Sounds like a very straight forward equation: 1=1=Thursday. Keep in mind, the Fort Hood shooting was committed by an American born Muslim, as were several other shootings. We as a society should probably stop blaming everything on immigrating Muslims and Mexicans and start looking within.
Next, to ban an entire religion for the problems of 1% (in tis case, more like 1/100th of one percent) makes absolutely no sense whatsoever. But, that is the tone we are getting out of one side of the political stream. This is merely an excuse to divert attention away from the real problem, our country cannot get anything don to help and protect its people when Congress is full of a bunch of self-serving morons who sit on party lines without regard to how working together might help this country. We are living in a time of the worst congressional sessions in the history of this great country.Congress should be completely ashamed of the mess that they have caused over the last 10 years.
Next, when we look at the issue of the “AR-15” used by the Orlando shooter, we see that the media and our politicians are completely ignorant. The AR in AR-15 DOES NOT stand for “assault rifle,” it stands for “ArmaLite,” which is a gun manufacturer. It should also be noted that the weapon used WAS NOT an AR-15…it was a Sig Sauer MCX carbine. The media, and our politicians should figure out these facts before they start spounting off about gun issues. It is as if they believe that anything that is a long gun/rifle is an AR-15. This is akin to calling my HP VP9 a Glock. It is nothing of the sort.
Now our political “leaders” start arguing that the ability to purchase guns needs to be curtailed and Muslims need to be banned from entering the US. As mentioned earlier, the Muslim issue is clear. These politicians want to ban an entire religious group for teh actions of 1/100th of 1 percent. Does this really make sense? Diverting the issue and blaming a religious group in total is nothing more that political rhetoric that serves no purpose but to rile up supporters.
Then we look at the “gun control issue.” That term says it all: CONTROL. How can you justify infringing on the constitutional rights of people when less than one percent of the people cause a problem. As you may be aware, well over 99% of all gun owners use their weapons for lawful, non-violent means. I use to be of the opinion that there was no need for an AR-15 type weapon… but now, after Paris, San Bernadino and Orlando, my thoughts have changed. I would not want to be in a position of having to lawfully protect my family with my HK VP9 against an intruder with an assault rifle. It would be like taking a knife to a gun fight. That is why we have the 2nd Amendment. We all know that if a person wants to use a high powered weapon to commit a crime, they will get a high powered weapon. New guns laws cannot stop that. So why punish the 99% pf the people who use their weapns for lawful and non-violent purposes? Again, the argumentsaround “gun control” make no sense. If we keep weapons out of the hands of the 99% when we know the 1% will be able to access them, we have done nothing but put our citizens in a vulnerable position. Will closing “gun show loopholes” help? Maybe. Will refusing to sell to people on a no-fly list help? Maybe. What we do know is this, if we limit the ability of the everyday citizen to ensure their own protection, we have done nothing but made our nation weaker and more vulnerable to attacks from both outside and within.
Think of this: If you were in a dangerous situation like the Orlando setting or the San Bernadino setting, would you be one who would just lay there and wait for the inevitable? Or, will you be one who will fight back to help yourself, your family and your friends? I made the choice that I will not be the one laying on the floor waiting for the inevitable.