It never ceases to amaze me how much ignorance there is out there regarding firearms and why, in America, there is such shock and disbelief among the media and “progressive” elites that private ownership of guns by citizens is seen by most people as an essential part of our freedom, as it was by the Founding Fathers. Even some alleged conservatives like The Weekly Standard’s William Kristol have joined the “I’m against gun control, but…” crowd after the Colorado tragedy, but that’s no surprise; their conservatism runs as deep as their understanding of the Constitution, which is thinner than hobo soup.
So-called “assault weapons” were historically defined as fully automatic firearms designed for military use. This has been re-defined by the media elite, and by anti-liberty idiots like Bloomberg, Feinstein and Brady to now include in this definition semi-auto rifles that “look like” military weapons. Nearly all of the AR-type rifles that are seen on the market and owned by civilians are semi-automatic (they fire one round with each separate pull of the trigger), including the one used by the Colorado nut-job.
In point of fact, law-abiding American citizens should be permitted to own fully automatic firearms, as citizens of Switzerland are permitted to, but it is difficult under current law. See:
The magazines of these so-called assault rifles can be adapted to have a larger capacity than the firearm was originally designed for, and that is exactly what this nut-job did. In fact, the gun jammed, and he switched to his hand gun.
Back to the title of this article: You ask why do many people feel a “need” to own a semi automatic rifle of this type? I own mine (a Ruger Mini-30 rifle, with an optional 30 round magazine, 7.62X39 caliber) because I am an American citizen, and I feel an obligation and duty to own one because I understand, as all those who understand history know, that there can be no such thing as liberty if the citizenry is disarmed.
The Founders included the Second Amendment in the Bill of Rights for precisely this reason. They recognized that the God-given right to self defense, necessarily included the right to defend one’s country and liberty. Free citizens were to have the right to own and possess military type small arms, not primarily for personal self defense, but so that the citizenry would be armed and prepared to defend their liberty, themselves and their families from enemies, both foreign and domestic, including a possible future tyrannical government. In the three quotes below, Aristotle makes clear this fact of human nature and existence:
“when the citizens at large administer the state for the common interest, the government is called by the generic name — a constitution . . . in a constitutional government the fighting-men have the supreme power, and those who possess arms are the citizens”
“since it is an impossible thing that those who are able to use or to resist force should be willing to remain always in subjection . . . those who carry arms can always determine the fate of the constitution”
“As of oligarchy so of tyranny . . . Both mistrust the people, and therefore deprive them of their arms”
Aristotle was writing of arms that were the state-of-the-art small arms carried by the foot soldiers of his time: swords, bows and spears for the most part. Citzens owned and possessed them, and kept them in their homes. Non-citizens such as slaves and serfs did not posess them, i.e. if you cannot posess arms, you are not a citizen, you are, instead, a subject.
Hunting had little role in the formulation of the Second Amendment by the founders, but I do use my semi-automatic rifle for deer hunting, as do many owners of these fine guns. In any event, the firearms in this horrible massacre are superfluous: The evil idiot could just as easily used $4.00 worth of gasoline to do the same or worse. The top four worst mass murders in this country have not been committed with firearms, but with bombs or gasoline. For example, the second worst mass murder in America was committed by Julio Gonzalez, who came to the United States in the 1980 Mariel boat lift from Cuba. Ten years later, in a fit of jealousy, he killed eighty-seven partiers. He was mad at his ex-girlfriend, who was dancing with someone else, so Julio bought a buck’s worth of gasoline and torched the Bronx’s Happy Land Social Club killing nearly everyone inside. Only six survived.
We need a death penalty that is fast and horrible, no more lethal injection; fry them instead: Although this may sound harsh, it would be a deterrent to this type of mass killer, who is seeking notoriety, just like the nut-job in Norway last year. Did you happen to notice, they both seem to have the same smirk on their face?
Historically, around the world, it has been people who are disarmed who suffer at the hands of tyrannical governments, and by the tens of millions. A great hour long video on this sad history can be found at this link:
There will always be a constant effort by the fascio-progressives, currently lead by Barrack Obama and the Democrat Party to strip away individual liberty. Liberty is what stands between them and the utopian, fascist government state they are striving for, and only the people of this great nation can preserve liberty: The recent Supreme Court decision on Obamacare demonstrates beyond a doubt that we cannot depend on the Courts or legislature to save our freedom. Even the Supreme Court decision in Heller, which said the Second Amendment protects an individual right to own and possess guns, was a close 5 to 4 squeaker, in spite of the plain language, history, and intent of the Constitution. Remember: It’s not about guns, it’s about freedom.