LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Rebutting the fallacies of ‘assault weapons’

To paraphrase an old adage, some things never change. Death, taxes, and the liberal mindset.

In his recent rebuttal, Bill Clemens (“NRA’s diminishing profits no national tragedy,” March 24) uses the usual ploy of embellishing his knowledge by attempting to degrade another’s with his revisionist history. I take great exception to anyone, including a fellow veteran, who invokes his military history versus mine. I don’t need a rule to measure whose is bigger and I certainly don’t need any lessons of firearms since I grew up in an era where every home had a shotgun leaning against the wall behind the front door.

I quickly tire of this “assault weapon” misnomer used as a tool by the socialists. That’s simply a gutless way of saying “scary looking rifle”. The AR 15 is, without any exception, the most popular gun in America since the .30-06 Springfield came home from World War II.

That overused phrase of “common sense” is no longer common nor sensible. The AR is nothing more than your Remington Model 11-87 under a different facade. It is projected as a bigger threat than nuclear explosions, nerve gas or suicide vests. Unlike Mr. Clemens’ assertion that the AK 47 had a round twice the size of the AR, you only need to look at the metrics involved. The AR round is 5.56 and the AK is 7.62 which in the American standard caliber makes the AR a .223 and the AK is .30.

I suppose it’s apples to oranges in discussing the word “clip”, but in his recent statement, State Sen. Bryan Townsend proclaimed that the founders didn’t imply civilians should have military-grade weapons. Sadly, that’s not at all what history reflects. The Brown Bess of that day actually WAS the firearm used by the military. The definition of a “clip”, regardless of how the term is used is not correct. The last military firearm to be loaded with an actual clip was the M1 Garand. It used an en-bloc clip because thinking at the time felt that detachable magazines would introduce dirt and obstructions to the firearm.

Any modern publication will today reference any such item as a “detachable magazine” (and that includes all the suggested laws the liberals are bent on introducing).

Contrary to Mr. Clemens’ claims that I should belay any thoughts of the government eliminating the Second Amendment, he’s not reading his own propaganda. Recent surveys show that over 30 percent of U.S. Democratic Congressmen would vote to repeal that amendment. As his claim that an “emergency” caused by Hurricane Katrina led New Orleans police to confiscate guns is simply laughable. Those guns were never confiscated “temporarily” and only a lawful judicial order instigated by his hated NRA got those firearms to be returned. None of them were “assault weapons” with single shot, repeating shotguns and pistols being confiscated.

A single mother of five children had her home searched without a warrant and her only family protection, an old revolver, was confiscated. That hallowed “common sense” rule would deem that in times of “emergency” would be the unquestioned time that the citizenry should retain their right to own guns. Oregon now has a law allowing confiscation without remuneration, guns from individuals who have been determined to be “unfit” either by age or mental acuity.

I’ve owned guns since I was 6 and I was raised to respect it as a tool, taught to shoot it with accuracy, and preached the wisdom to know the results of a trigger pull. I understand that discipline is gone and anyone attempting to use it today with their children becomes vilified by people like Mr. Clemens.

Sure, I’m an NRA life member and a CCW permit holder in half a dozen states including my own. I stand behind you in the grocery line, I sit next to you in church, I attend social functions with you, I have children, spouses, and loved ones that I’d die to protect just like I assume you would.

The only difference is that if that dreaded situation develops, unlike you I also have the tools to prevent it. When I protect my loved ones, you’re able to enjoy that same protection under the umbrella I provide. I don’t need a teenager whose generation eats Tide Pods, who, at a rate of almost 10 each and every day die while driving and texting tell me who needs to own a gun and what part of the U.S. Constitution he doesn’t agree with.

George Roof

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