By: Brendan Casey
As radical liberal politicians desperately seek ways to win over votes and attack citizens emotions, they begin indicting those who disapprove of their policies. They claim that those who oppose their rendition of gun control and assault rifle bans don’t care about those who were killed by gun violence, and are sub par humans who are content with more mass killings taking place.
Anyone who has the smallest knowledge of firearms can understand that the AR-15 (no it doesn’t stand for assault rifle, AR stands for ArmaLite, the original creator) and other firearms deemed “assault rifles” are no more lethal than any other firearm. The only thing thing that seperates a “assault rifle” from a “non assault rifle” is simply cosmetic features.
It’s similar to comparing cars. Let’s take two sports cars. Both cars are the same mechanically; the same power, and the same inner workings. One just has a spoiler, loud exhaust, and race stripes on the side, this would be an “assault car”. The only thing that separates the “assault car” vs the regular car are cosmetic features. One may look faster, but put them head to head and they’re just as fast, are the same to drive, just as safe, and just as dangerous.
Politicians manipulate the vulnerable emotions of voters in an attempt to rationalize their own agenda. It’s a pretty twisted game lefties play. Unfortunately, it’s a game that they partake in regularly. The media backing their deplorable claims only reassures libs to continue this sick behavior.
Of course libertarians, conservatives, and all US citizens alike do truly sympathize for the victims. No one wants to see a mass slaughtering of innocent human beings.
According to the CDC, in 2016 there were 11,004 firearm homicides in the United States. Only 6% were committed with a rifle OR shotgun- roughly 660 lives. In comparison, the same year the CDC reported that drug overdoses killed 63,632 Americans, nearly 45,000 Americans age 10 or older died by suicide. In 2015, 638,169 human babies were murdered through abortion (2015 was the most recent year the CDC had reported).
Despite how much the media and politicians might play it up, there are more pressing issues for politicians and the media to be focusing on other than banning assault rifles.
For those who still disagree, let’s look back at our most recent assault rifle ban.
For a period of time in the mid 1990s and early 2000s the United States enacted the “The Federal Assault Weapons Ban”. The United States government federally outlawed the buying, producing, or transferring of assault rifles, as well as banning “large capacity” magazines.
In 2003, the last full year before the law expired, the U.S. murder rate was 5.7 per 100,000 people, according to the FBI. By 2011, the murder rate fell to 4.7 per 100,000 people. The ban did nothing, it in fact did the opposite, overall homicides increased.
Criminals do not follow laws. Criminals have never followed laws. Criminals will never follow laws. A ban on a certain type of firearm will not prevent a criminal or end homicides. Sick twisted people will just find another means of committing these heinous acts. All the assault rifle ban did was strip the rights of the American people and shift power to the government and criminals.
Most Democrats still support a ban on all assault rifles. Some proposed implementing a mandatory buyback, or in real world terms, a confiscation. Despite world history, Democrats still don’t understand the necessity for the 2nd amendment and the need for an armed populace including the possession of so called “assault rifles.”
The original creation of the 2nd amendment was to ensure that the citizens of the United States had a means to protect themselves from government tyranny, to limit governmental power, and protect our God-given rights. The 2nd amendment is the sole reason why America is and will always be the freest nation in the world.
Without the 2nd amendment, the government has full control of their population. In almost all examples of governmental abuse of power, which usually resulted in the deaths of millions, one of the priminialry actions put into place was disarming the populace.
Politicians and the media take up so much time forcing their agenda down our throats. Telling us what to believe, what to think, and how to feel. Attacking us where it’s most effective – our emotions. Politicians ought to be focusing on systemic causes of the opioid catastrophe. Why we lost so many American’s to suicide? What can be done to stop the massacre of defenseless babies in the womb?
Politicians on both sides of the aisle should be pinpointing their energy and our tax money on these issues. The issues that are stalling our nation’s growth, taking lives, and tearing apart families. Instead, politicians choose to spend their time bickering about which pieces of plastic or metal can and cannot be attached to a firearm.