This will be my last blog post regarding firearms and my thoughts on gun control for quite some time. I’ll be moving onto some other topics.
First off an update to the United Nations Small arms treaty otherwise know as the UN ATT……. On Thursday the July 26 the final draft of the arms control treaty was submitted to the 193 nations of the UN. On Friday July 27, the nations of the UN failed to reach a consensus on the treaty and the vote on the UN ATT was pushed back until December of 2012 in which a 2/3 majority of the UN could vote it in.
The shootings that occurred in Colorado more than a week ago have reawakened the gun control debate in this country once again. This week gun magazine size restrictions were put into the Cyber Security bill, at the last-minute for a Congressional Vote.
Today Chief Justice Scalia during a television interview indicated that some modification to the Second Amendment might be looked at and possibly modified to restrict firearms to some degree ( he did not elaborate).
Many people that are students of world history and that follow the movements of the current Government Administration are more than worried by some of the recent actions of our Government.
Earlier in the year, by executive order, Barrack Obama signed the “Peace Time Civil Defense Act” which is basically an update to a long-standing law that, in wartime, the Government can declare Martial Law and seize materials needed to support the ware effort. President Obama updated the law to state Martial Law can be declared during peacetime if the United States is sufficiently threatened but still at peace.
This was followed up closely by the Department of Homeland ordering 450 Million rounds of the deadliest .40 caliber hollow point ammunition made under the guise of “Training Ammunition”. The DHS is comprised of the Coast Guard, ICE, and US customs services, and nothing else. Anybody who shoots knows you don’t practice with hollow point ammo.
This week, DHS has expedited the purchase of riot gear to maintain peace during the Presidential Elections.
Call me paranoid but the need for another militarized force (in the US) beyond our armed forces, national guard, local and state law enforcement escapes me at the moment.
With regards to world history, the wreckage of nations whose governments limited or banned guns is quite an impressive list that would fill up many paragraphs of this blog. Here are a few examples, Germany, Italy, Russia, Cuba, Venezuela, Spain, North Korea, Northern Vietnam, Cambodia and most counties in Africa ( see a theme here? )
As it related to the Revolutionary War, how did the State Militias beat the most fierce standing army in the world? It was not by overwhelming military force but rather with superior rifles and superior marksmanship. Long story short the British forces used Muskets ( .50 caliber balls accurate to 100 yards tops) and State Militias used the Kentucky Rifle (slower shooting but highly accurate to 300 yards). The Militia used marksmanship to shoot British officer at distance and demoralize the British Army.
Since the Revolutionary War gun ownership by the civilian population has always served as a “check and balance” system that kept government from overstepping their bounds.
As it relates to 2012 and in my humble opinion. The ownership of military weapons and equivalent magazine capacities still serves as a checks and balance system today. Sadly sometimes these weapons fall into the hands of mentally deranged people to kill innocents.
As it relates to the AR-15, AK47 and similar rifles with 30 round capacity, anybody that tells you they “need” them to hunt or target shoot is flat full of BS. These weapons are “force multiplying” weaponry that allows the user to shoot at a higher or equivalent speed. Again this is the check and balance system against tyranny. Just ask the people of Syria right now.