Who Needs Them?
So my recent return to the United States from the Peoples Republic of Kalifornia I had to think about some conversations I had while I was there.
A friend of my wife (from Stockton) was talking about the benefits of gun control. When I told her all the facts she said that while she supports the 2nd Amendment she doesn't see the reason for American citizens to own assault weapons. So fearing she mispoke I had to correct her vernacular.
My comment "I think you mean Assault Rifle not Assault Weapon. An Assault Rifle is a military weapon issued to the military which has the ability to be fired in select fire mode: Semi-Automatic, Burst, and/or Full-Auto. Assault Weapon is a made-up phrase used by politicians and the media to make Semi-Auto weapons seem more scary than they really are. If I take a bat and use it as a weapon to assault you with it, it just became an Assault Weapon."
After getting that out of the way I explained why I need normal capacity (not high capacity the politicians made that shit up too) is simply becasue the police and military have them. Simple as that. Screw trying to justify it any other way. If our country is invaded will the invaders have 10 round magazines or something more effective? We already kow what the government has if they turn on us and politicians should know too they are guarded with them all day everyday.
This debate on what we need or don't need is played out. Our politicians who we pay handsomely and hire to uphold our rights, do not get to make those decisions for us, nor were they ever meant to. What I need from my government is to stay out of my way and make sure the lights come on when I flick a switch or Water to come on when I turn a nozzle (since they already inserted themselves into that racket) and nothing more. The last thing I need is for them to tell me what I am allowed to purchase for my or my family's safety.
Laws are designed to maintain order, not tell me what I can own or what kind of wood I'm allowed to make a f*ckin cabinet out of. It's something our Founding Fathers understood. "If we stay out of the peoples' homes, they will stay out of ours."
So our constitution may be old, but so is corruption, and tyranny. If those are still around and they f*ckin suck then why can't something good stay around a little longer?
Also a little off topic does anybody see it funny that when we revolted against the Brits it was mainly due to the Tea Tax seeing as the Stamp Tax was never enforced? The tea tax was 3 pence per pound of tea. 1 pound sterling at the time was about $150 with a shilling being 1/20 of a pound or 12 pence which is around $7.50. So the 3 pence was worth about $1.90 today. During the 1770s the average laborer made 5 shillings a day (roughly $40 per day). So the tea tax was 4.8% of the average daily income and that's if they bought tea by the pound once a day...
Just a question... What's our income/sales/gains tax right now? makes you scratch your head a bit...
"What country can preserve its liberties if its rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance?" -Thomas Jefferson-
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"The whole of the Bill (of Rights) is a declaration of the right of the people at large or considered as individuals.... It establishes some rights of the individual as unalienable and which consequently, no majority has a right to deprive them of." (Albert Gallatin of the New York Historical Society, October 7, 1789)