Another tragedy involving a lone crazed gunman shooting and killing a large number of people with a semi-automatic rifle (GCF language: "Assault Weapon") and the usual suspects from the Liberal Progressive wing of the Big Government Party are calling for more gun control laws that will eventually disbar every living American from having a decent chance of protecting themselves against criminals (that is, if they obey the law). Nothing really new here, but now there are cries for more "reasonable" measures to prevent such a tragedy from occurring again in the future (like that is humanly possible) coming from the Neoconservative wing as well.
Bill Kristol has come out and said, "“People have a right to handguns and hunting rifle. I don’t think they have a right to semi-automatic, quasi-machine guns that can shoot hundred bullets at a time. And I actually think the Democrats are being foolish as they are being cowardly. I think there is more support for some moderate forms of gun control."
The media giant, Rupart Murdoch, is reported to have tweeted, "We have to do something about gun controls (sic). Police license okay for hunting rifle or pistol for anyone without crim (sic) or pscho (sic) record. No more." I also noticed a change in the tone of the talking heads of Murdoch's flagship venture Fox News when they discuss calls for more gun control laws as if they all now support them. Seems the brainwashing of America has begun in earnest.
Antonin Scalia, the conservative anchor of the Supreme Court, has said that the Second Amendment does allow for some government control of the Peoples' Right to Keep and Bear Arms. I think that he would have been more correct if he said the SCOTUS allows this travesty against "We the People" rather than the Second Amendment, or he has a different definition of "shall not be infringed" than I do.
And Mitt Romney, the presumptive Republican nominee for this fall's presidential election, has been in support of very restrictive gun control laws when he was the governor of Massachusetts. He explains that he is different from his opponent, President Barack "Barry" Obama, because the gun control bills that he signed into law were reached by a consensus of politicians from both parties. It's nice to know that if both wings of the Big Government Party are in favor of eviscerating the Bill of Rights, President Mitt Romney will be all for it.
Now I've already written before about the only two reasonable gun control laws that should be in effect that hardly involves the government in deciding who should and shouldn't have access to firearms and I've explained that the Right to Keep and Bear Arms does not go away if the Second Amendment is repealed, whether by Congress or the SCOTUS, but it seems more likely, from day to day, that the U.S. governments are going to declare war on Americans who exercise their Natural Right to own, possess, carry, and use, if necessary, weapons of all types or degrees of sophistication. It seems that if you would like to have one in case the fecal matter strikes the oscillating blade, the time is now to buy one and learn how to use it (practice, practice, practice).
If an "Assault Weapon" is in your future, let me make a few suggestions. Those who know me well know that when it comes to a good semi-automatic rifle I prefer the Garand-style action in .223 Remington/5.56mm NATO which leaves us with the Ruger Mini-14. I prefer the Tactical model though the Target version would also make a good addition to someone's personal arsenal.
I know there are those who will disagree with me over my choice of cartridge/firearm combination and I am aware of all the usual arguments for using a larger caliber but at this point in my life and stage of "decrepiticity" I find the lighter recoil of the smaller cartridge easier to handle and I think for most people of all shapes and sizes, and most particularly those who have little experience with firearms, this would make a better fit. If you really want something bigger to protect the ol' homestead, then try this.
There will also be those who will disagree with me over using the Garand action of the Ruger system instead of something on the AR-15 platform. Hey, if you like it and know how to use it, then go with it. I've owned both, I was issued an M-16 in the Army and I used an AR-15 to qualify at the SWAT Marksman school, but I still the prefer the Mini-14, which I carried on patrol with me. It has a lower start-up costs than many quality AR-15's and there are about as many aftermarket accessories available for it. If you really want an AR-15 clone, then Ruger has one.
Check these out at your local dealer or check on the Internet for places that sell them and ship them to your local Federal Firearms Licensee. Stock up on large capacity magazines and start storing some spare ammunition. Times are going to get very rough over the next few years and a good firearm is always one of those things that's good to have (maybe even a few) and not need, then need and not have...