Terrorists with guns are not a well-regulated militia

Terrorists with guns are not a well-regulated militiaI previously had written an article for this date based on the violence involving guns in our area, in particular Miami Gardens. You will see that soon enough, but as I was preparing it for submission the horror that took place in Orlando came on the news.

By now you have heard many points of view regarding this tragedy and you might guess where my point of view will come from. Let’s begin: Until recently I was a supporter of Donald Trump because, like me, if he thinks it he says it. That all went well with me until he offered his support for the National Rifle Association, a group I have been opposed to for many years. He stands behind the Second Amendment as though this were a very patriotic thing to do in supporting the United States Constitution.

Want to have some fun? Go to http://openSecrets.org and see just how much money is being given to politicians by the NRA so that no legislation goes against them.

I love our Constitution, and even like the original intent, as I see it, of the Second Amendment. That is to be able to raise a well-regulated militia from the citizens allowing us to thwart any possible invasion or attempt to take over our government. It certainly was not made for the likes of Omar Mateen.

By now we all know the story of this nut job who simply was able to walk into a gun store and say “give me one of those,” pointing at a Sig Sauer MCX, similar to the AR15 assault rifle. Those of you not very familiar with guns might say, “big deal,” but I am familiar with this weapon and know that its prime purpose is in its name, and that is ASSAULT RIFLE. Remember that in 1789 when the second amendment was approved, loading and firing a long gun meant pouring powder down the barrel, placing the ball on top and then tamping it down. How many people do you think could be shot before someone did the shooter in? I doubt that our founders anticipated AR15s and AK47s back then.

Do yourself a favor and visit the next gun show in your area. See what they are offering. I saw a 50 cal. sniper rifle available for sale to the public. This weapon can pierce an engine block with ease. They also sell books on converting semi-automatic to full automatic, in other words a machine gun, something hunters really need if they are a terrible shot.

The main purpose of these modern weapons is to allow the military to go out to the field and fire many rounds of ammunition to either kill or suppress members of a violent group such as ISIS. etc. This is not a weapon that you would go hunting with because chances are with its rapid fire configuration you could be killing other hunters rather than your actual target.

Would you keep one under your pillow for self protection? If I should someday lose my mind and decide that a certain class of people deserve to die, I would want to have an AR15 ready to go.

How in blazes was someone as obviously violent as Omar Mateen able to walk into a store, and walk out with this extremely dangerous weapon even though the FBI twice had reason to investigate him for possible terrorist connections? I would guess that anyone could secure this weapon.

Yes, I believe that we have said that we as citizens have a right to protect ourselves, which may involve a weapon of some sort but certainly not like this. I expect to be getting calls and emails from my gunster friends (yes, I have some) telling me that if everyone in that Pulse nightclub were armed the death toll might not have been so large. Yeah, sure! The Donald already has begun spouting this. I have heard it all before, even when proposing “open carry” for kids in school.

Look at some of the news photos of the nightclub and look at the damage this semi-automatic weapon can do without even hitting anyone.

The other thing that concerns me is that this murder, along with many others, are done in the name of Allah or some other god these people worship. Somehow I can’t picture Omar Mateen meeting Allah for the first time and having this god congratulate him on what a wonderful job he did killing 49 innocent people because of his beliefs and then presenting him with 72 Dark Eyed Virgins and an assortment of prepubescent young boys as it is written.

I have been watching this Stephen Hawking program, called Genius, and learned a great deal about where we came from and where we may be going. One thing is for sure, this planet that we are on is but a tiny speck in our Milky Way galaxy and the Milky Way galaxy is just a speck in the overall universe.

Knowing this, I frankly find it hard to believe that there is some big man up in the sky with a long beard and white robes directing all this activity down here on our tiny speck and rewarding those who go about killing his creations. I may be surprised someday when I meet my maker and he is very cool to me because I never killed anyone on his behalf. I have been wrong before, I just don’t remember when!

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3 Comments on "Terrorists with guns are not a well-regulated militia"

  1. Richard Swanson | July 10, 2016 at 3:08 am | Reply

    1: Of course the founding fathers didn’t intend for Omar Mateen to obtain an AR-15. The idea is nonsensical and irrelevant to the second amendment. They also did not take cameras, the internet and printing presses into account. I await your future article on why we should revoke free speech and freedom of the press.
    2: I know this is said all the time but apparently you did exactly zero research regarding the weapon on whic you based this article. The purpose is not in the name. The name AR-15 stands for Armalite Rifle Model 15. Was that an honest error or intentional deceit on your part?
    3:.50 cal “sniper rifles” are legal because they are single shot bolt action rifles and due to the price of ammo and the weapon along with the monstrous recoil and slow reloading they are not popular rifles. How many mass shootings have you heard of anywhere in the world perpetrated with a .50 cal “sniper rifle”? If not, how was mentioning it even relevant?
    4: Weapons with a “rapid fire configuration are illegal without a federal tax stamp and have been for over 50 years. AR-15’s, AK-47’s, etc are single shot rifles which are intentionally designed to prevent anyone from easily converting them into automatic weapons. Those books you see about converting them to fully auto are likely scams or require thousands of dollars worth of equipment to mill out your own lower reciever and design your own sear assembly and trigger mechanism, at which point you don’t need to buy an AR-15 anyway. I have been to gun shows and not seen any books of this type. You claim to have seen these books but provide no sources because likely they don’t exist.

  2. I believe in fighting fair and if the gov. owns assault rifles then civilians should too because the old style gun powder loading rifles you speak of is what everyone had back then, we should update our guns if gov. does as well, i know that doesn’t make sense to you being a democrap, i love how you started your story saying you were a Trump supporter, lol, you never were, you’re clearly trying to make weak people follow your misinformed agenda. Another piece of info that you did not research correctly is the term Assault Rifle which refers to a fully auto rifle, if its semi auto then its an AR style rifle…please don’t quit your job at walmart because you will starve as a journalist. God bless America and you’re able to express your soft feelings because Americans defended this country with guns. Guns are not the problem its the person behind it that was never guided correctly in life, starts at home and majority of democraps come from broken homes with a single parents and no education, try to fix that before you b!tch about a tool that gave you Freedom.

  3. Another typical leftist opinion, you obviously don’t agree with our constitutional amendments and your rhetoric is nauseating and old news.
    If you truly believed in peoples rights and our amendments, you would respect the rights of the people and limiting of government restriction of our constitutional amendments. You and those on the left always blame the guns, and totally miss the mark, neglecting to consider strengthening and mandating our sentencing laws that specifically affect the criminals and their accomplices. Your narrative to go after the guns is an easier target, and you are a hypocrite at the mere mention that you believe in any constitutional amendment. The violence and terror we are experiencing in society today, will likely continue unresolved mainly because of the establishment politicians that are too politically correct to define the root of the problems and because of those activist groups that influence media hype.
    Your opinions are so out of reality, and to end with, you don’t remember the last time you were wrong…you are obviously too naive or arrogant, either way these opinions allow me to better understand your political position of power is dangerous and one that wants more goverment control over the people, and for those of us that genuinely Respect the constitution and uphold our founding father’s intellect that HAS BEEN PROVEN TO STAND THE TEST OF TIME, AGAIN AND AGAIN…You Are Obviously Wrong On This One!
    So I’ll end with this, because I believe that Government is supposed to serve the People and not govern against the People, any intention of the government to believe they know better than the People is totalitarian thinking like those beliefs by Marxist – Lenin theorists, and you are a threat to the People’s will to live within our constitutional amendments, and I pray that you and your family are never governed by those with the likes of your opinions…

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