Assault weapons should be banned…

December 9, 2015

While I may think that President Obama’s foreign policy in the Middle East is not what it should be, particularly in respect to the fight against ISIS, the more immediate problem, the more immediate threat, is from assault weapons which are apparently readily available to most anyone in the USA.

There is no reason on God’s earth for every man, woman, and child to have assault weapons.

Yes, I am familiar with the argument that if  you outlaw guns (and I’m only talking assault weapons) then only outlaws will have them. But that is nonsense. Or at least it deflects thought from the problem that there are too many automatic rifles (and other such weapons) floating around. They need to be banned and confiscated from the general public. No one is safe with these killing machines available to everyone.

And the notion that we should all carry them for our own protection is ludicrous. Can you imagine what would happen as the result of minor disagreements? I mean we already have crazies killing people over parking spaces or slights real and imagined on our roadways. But with everyone packing tremendous firepower, well it would be a deadly free-for-all.

I remain a somewhat ambivalent supporter of the Second Amendment, even though I think it does not really give the right to every citizen to pack around fire arms of any kind or all the time. I am not sure its meaning was clear when it was enacted, and things have changed considerably in this world since then.

Any reading of the one-sentence amendment reveals that it is linked somehow to a citizen’s militia which for all intents and purposes has been replaced or supplanted by the National Guard. And please don’t tell me that we would ever be subjected to the whims of an ad hoc citizen’s militia dressed up in camouflage hunting gear.


Second Amendment:

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.


If Donald Trump thinks he can suspend the right to the free practice of religion (banning Muslims) in this country (if he, God forbid, was elected president) then I think President Obama should by executive order ban all citizens from possessing assault weapons (unless they join the military and use them in that regard).

At this time I still support the Second Amendment, but there has to be some reason in all of this.

But any nation that would fail to act after a class full of school children was mowed down is in trouble.

For our lack of action on that we get San Bernardino and the rest; I cannot keep track.


On Trump’s proposed Muslim ban: I would think we could put much more stringent controls on immigration, but it would seem a ban on one religion would violate the First Amendment. It is not the religion per se, but the terrorists themselves posing the threat. If there are concerns about one’s background those should be addressed.

First Amendment:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.