The Great Gun Debate, of 2012, is replete with ridiculous arguments posed by the anti-gun lobby. You may have picked up on the new tune. Nearly all now assert that they support the right to keep and bare arms – just not weapons they consider to be “military style” assault weapons. You’ll hear comments like “…the founders could have never envisioned AK47s or AR-15s…” as they propose Draconian gun regulations, in an attempt to deny law abiding citizens their 2nd Amendment rights. Under proposed legislation, the mere attachment of a muzzle device, like a muzzle brake or flash hider constitutes a “military style” assault weapon. Nuts don’t you think?
Even more troubling is the fact that no consideration is given to the devastating damage of a vibrant domestic manufacturing complex. Talk about shooting one’s self in the foot. Is it stupidity or hypocrisy?
I submit, as a counter argument, that had the Founders known of AR-15 and AK47 rifles they would have had several in the closets and fireplace mantels.
The constitutions of most of our States assert, that all power is inherent in the people; that they may exercise it by themselves, … or they may act by representatives, freely and equally chosen; that it is their right and duty to be at all times armed; that they are entitled to freedom of person, freedom of religion, freedom of property, and freedom of the press.
I ask, who are the militia? They consist now of the whole people, except a few public officers. But I cannot say who will be the militia of the future day. . .
[W]here and when did freedom exist when the power of the sword and purse were given up from the people?
[A]rms like laws discourage and keep the invader and the plunderer in awe, and preserve order in the world as well as property…
Our country and our society has evolved over the years, an irrefutable fact; however, nothing in the thoughts of the Founders, as inferred from their writings, suggest a bound or preconceived idea of what acceptable arms are.