When I was in the military, I could disassemble an M-16A1 and put it back together. I qualified as Expert, only one shot away from Hawkeye, (due to a miscommunication by the Drill Sergeant with the tower). I appreciated and admired the design and power of this weapon. But as a civilian vet, now, do I need an automatic weapon? No. No, I do not. And neither does any other civilian. These guns are for killing. They are for killing other human beings. IN WAR. They are not toys. Neither should they be a civic statement of outrage or bitterness or hatred, nor a tool in domestic terrorism, nor an extension of a penis.
While I do believe that everyone has a right to protect themselves and their loved ones or others, their homes from invasion, their bodies from rape, that’s what personal handguns are for. Women are especially entitled to protect themselves from the danger posed by others–overwhelmingly, MEN. But these guns should be purchased legally, by vetted individuals who pass a background check, with mandatory training for safety and proper use and care.
The Second Amendment was never intended to anticipate the modern world. It was written when a well-armed militia meant citizens who could help our new American government with security and protection, and the guns referred to were muskets, which were not very accurate, even a few yards away, and gave you one shot, and took a full minute to reload.
That is patently NOT the guns we are dealing with in the 21st century. And now, America has a fully-formed military, and is not in need of citizen soldiers to protect our homeland.
Thus, our legislation must reflect these changes, and it has nothing at all to do with a violation of individual rights. The liberal arm of our political body is not coming after your guns, but guns might be coming after you, as the tragic event in Las Vegas has reminded us. Common sense gun legislation is the right thing to do, and more imperative than ever. We can keep our legal guns. What we can’t do, is allow a weapon of mass destruction to be readily available to any and all. That’s the very definition of stupidity and myopia.