One thing I keep hearing over and over again, predominantly from the Left, is the question, "Why do you need an AR-15?" What justification, or purpose does a "weapon of war" have with a regular civilian like me? Why can't I be satisfied with a rifle that has a fixed magazine, or one that accepts a magazine with fewer than 11 rounds of ammunition? My intention is to provide a forthright argument in favor of keeping weapons like this in my house.
Let me first talk about the 2nd Amendment. I need to do this because until we have a clear understanding of what my interpretation of the 2nd Amendment means, we really can't have a viable discussion on my justification for weapons, such as AR-15's, in the home. This is the actual text of the 2nd 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.
I'm going to break this down a little because there are many people who feel that the first part of the the 2nd Amendment is ambiguous. What is this "well regulated militia"? It's you and me. Title 10 of the US Code, chapter 13 states that the militia consists of men ages 17 through 45. The Militia is then organized into two classes: the organized Militia (National Guard), and the unorganized Militia (you and me). Of course, the age limit of 45 doesn't mean that older men can't participate in national defense. It's just that men between 17 and 45 are typically more fit and capable of defending the country against threats.
But what about the "well regulated" part? Does that not mean that only organized militias may have arms? Nope. The last section of the amendment states rather clearly, "the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed." The issue is not whether the National Guard is the only militia capable of bearing arms, it's a vernacular issue. In the days of the drafting of the 2nd Amendment, "well regulated" meant to put into working order. This meant that "a well regulated militia" consisted of men who had rifles, ammunition, appropriate gear necessary to bring to the fight as needed, and were trained to use them effectively. Minutemen, who were ready in a minute's notice, had a good rifle, ball, powder, and essential clothing and survival gear needed to respond to threats against liberty. They were also drilled, and practiced at their craft. While there was already a Continental Army at the time of the Revolution, trained militias that consisted of everyday citizens, non-military men, were called upon to help the regular army in the fight for independence. The nature of the 2nd Amendment is that it is intended for regular citizens, men and women, to keep sufficient arms as to stand as a last resort defense against an over reaching government.
You'll notice that hunting and sport are not mentioned in the 2nd Amendment. These two purposes are simply byproducts of the 2nd Amendment, and both purposes are protected by the virtue that the 2nd Amendment does not define what sort of arms are for sporting purposes and what are for military purposes. This is a key point because to say that an AR-15 is not necessary but a bolt action rifle is, oversteps the limitations on government to control arms in this country. You cannot say that a shotgun is okay to have in the house, yet AR-15 type rifles are not. There is no justification for that argument in the 2nd Amendment.
Given this point, banning "assault weapons" (a misnomer at least) is not justified by the Constitution or the 2nd Amendment, therefore it does not have the force of law behind it. Soldiers, law enforcement officers, and law-abiding citizens alike have a duty to nullify laws restricting these types of weapons because by banning these type of guns or severely regulating them into oblivion, goes against the very nature of the 2nd Amendment, and those who support such laws are traitors to the United States Constitution. It's really that simple.
But let's not get off track here. Has our own government not turned on us already? Who among you actually wanted Obamacare? How many of you are in favor of raising the debt ceiling, and printing and spending more and more dollars we do not have? How many of you voted for Obama and thought that his recent tax hike for citizens making less than $250K per year was a good idea? How many executive orders has our current President made in his term in office? And what is this about the possibility of us getting a third term for this president? Has your government not turned against you yet? Obama says he has the support of the majority of the people, yet in a republic, 51/49 does not represent an actual majority. That's class warfare. If you don't know the difference between a representative republic and a democracy, may I suggest a few minutes on Google?
History has shown time and time again that government is no friend to personal liberty. Government, by its very nature, serves to restrict liberties of the individual by imposing regulations and laws - many of which are totally unnecessary. Are some of these regulations a good thing? Sure. Making it illegal to murder people is certainly a good law, but then again most people in this world don't need to be told that murder is illegal. In their hearts, they know it is wrong and goes against the fundamental laws of nature and God, so by doing so they know they'd be going against everything that is good in this world. That is why they don't do it. The law simply recognizes that.
When you look at recent wars and tyrannical governments, you can see that utilizing the natural right of self defense against them is really good for America. Look at the atrocities committed in West Africa, Iraq, the ethnic cleansing of Bosnia, the Killing Fields of Cambodia, the killings of millions by Hitler and Stalin, etc. Then go further back to the campaigns of Persia against Greece. Look at the wars waged by Alexander the Great, King Agamemnon, and King George III, just to name a few. History is filled with examples of over reaching, tyrannical governments that sought to control the people under their rule with impunity and violence.
If you don't think that this could happen in America, you need to have your head examined. In the historical sense, America is an extremely young country. We have been spoiled by the freedoms and liberties we have. Our children have all the toys and crap in the world that they want. Most families are bulging with material goods that only liberty could buy. We go to work and make enough money to have all of our needs met, and are able to spend money we don't have on frivolous things we don't need.
Then there are kids in war torn 3rd world shit holes that have a stick and a rock to play with. Their bellies aren't full, their parents are dead, and warlords round them up for execution, recruitment into their brutal armies, and to defile young women. This is the reality of tyranny. It's not about being forced to drive an economy class car, or pay extra taxes, or be forced to take a health insurance plan you don't want. It's about suffering, dying, rape, violence, and power.
This is my number 1 reason for owning an AR-15.
Why is that? Because it is a devastating weapon. Self defense isn't about defense. It is about destroying threats. When you shoot someone, you aren't defending yourself anymore. No, you are destroying a person when you shoot them. You are destroying everything they ever were, or ever could be. When you shoot someone, you are no longer on the defensive. That ship set sail long ago when you presented your firearm. When the threats persists against you, and you pull that trigger, you are taking the offensive. If you can't overcome this mindset, then you don't have any business handling a gun.
If you take the picture of me, above, holding my Beretta M9A1 pistol at full extension, and compare it to the first picture of me holding an AR-15 in this blog, you will see that the muzzles of both my pistol and rifle are in nearly the same position in relation to my body.
When it comes to magazine capacity, there are two arguments I make. With regard to a mass murderer, limiting magazines to 10 rounds or less won't make any difference. If he is shooting up a crowd of people, creating all kinds of chaos and mayhem, he can take his time to keep reloading 10 round magazine after 10 round magazine. If no one is shooting back, it's just a matter of seconds to get the weapon charged up and ready to shoot again.
I have a distant relative that thinks that magazines should be limited to three rounds because if you can't hit your target in three shots, then you suck. Well she sucks! She has no idea about terminal ballistics, mindset, the fact that bad guys don't just stand still, and the fact that we, as the people trying not to be killed ourselves, are not standing still either.
I have three appropriate weapons for home defense: an AR-15 carbine, a 12 gauge shotgun, and a handgun. My AR-15 has a loaded 30 round magazine. The shotgun is loaded with 7 rounds of buckshot. The handgun is loaded with 20 rounds (yes, I have twenty round magazines for it). If I suddenly found myself in a room, facing a door, with a single table in the middle, these three guns, my family in a corner, and a note that read, "In 60 seconds a man is going to come in this room and kill you all," I wouldn't hesitate to grab the AR-15 rifle over the other two. The reason is simple. I can shoot through the door, I have 30 rounds at my disposal, and when all else fails, the buttstock or a rifle makes a very good bludgeoning tool.
All other justifications for the AR-15 in my home are superfluous when compared to the reasons I stated above. The sporting aspect of it is yet another byproduct of having the gun. I take the weapon out and use it against clay pigeons, steel plates, paper targets, and the occasional unfortunate pumpkin. By taking the weapon out and having a bit of fun with it, I'm reinforcing training. Just because I'm shooting a pumpkin doesn't mean I'm not using it properly. No, in fact, a pumpkin offers a great 3 dimensional target to shoot at, and augments my training. We don't shoot for accuracy just for fun. When I shoot my little steel plate from great distances, I'm honing my skills with the rifle. When I'm changing magazines, solving failure issues, or operating the weapon, I'm reinforcing weapons manipulation and learning the odds and ends of my rifle. In effect, I'm insuring that my weapon is in operational condition. Should the time come that I'm called upon to defend liberty, I will add my own system to that "well regulated" militia that the 2nd Amendment is talking about. By teaching my family, I'm insuring that they are ready in case I am not able to be there.
We were also trained in weapons handling. My dad took me out at 5 years old to learn how to shoot. My son got his first taste of shooting at age 3. Yet when my children see me holding a gun, they aren't shocked, surprised, or at all interested in what "daddy is doing with his gun." In fact, just this morning, I walked out of my bedroom with my AR-15 in hand, and my nearly 3 year old daughter saw it. She immediately told me, in a rather stern voice, "Not in the house. You shoot that gun outside." Both my children have had the curiosity and naive excitement about guns taken out of their systems. Whenever we go shooting, my son is always willing to go. He likes shooting. But he's also been taught that guns have their place, and touching them without mom and dad's permission is a big no-no. My children don't go looking for my guns, nor will they touch them without being told it's okay. And no, we are not training them to be little killers. I'm 32 years old and I've never killed anybody. And I've been shooting longer than I can remember. What we are doing is teaching them to be responsible with firearms, especially with guns that do have so much killing potential. I won't deny that the AR-15 is a fearsome weapon. I know what it is capable of doing. That's why I own one. Because should the time come when I need to draw upon those capabilities, I'll have them.
I was asked, is the cost of 11,000 people killed with guns each year worth it? Let me ask you this. If the government was somehow capable of rounding up every gun in America, and it really did lead to a safer society, would the cost of tyranny be worth that? I am willing to accept the fact that murders are committed with firearms because I am unwilling to accept that safety is worth the cost of tyranny.