I know the following has been written before and better, but here we go again:
1. Assault weapons, i.e., semiautomatic rifles firing intermediate power cartridges, are weapons of mass destruction and must be banned. Or at least limit their magazine size, to make them less appealing to the law abiding for their intended legal uses.
2. Bolt action rifles with scopes are sniper rifles meant for killing people at a distance and must be banned.
3. Shotguns fire multiple projectiles at one pull of the trigger, acting like a fully automatic machine gun, and must be banned.
4. Single shot rifles are intrinsically the most accurate rifles available and are therefore even worse than bolt action sniper rifles.
5. Semiautomatic handguns are the worst handguns because they hold so many bullets, and must be banned.
6. High caliber revolvers have too much power and must be banned.
7. Small caliber and small sized handguns are too concealable and must be banned.
8. Single shot handguns that shoot rifle caliber cartridges are concealable sniper rifles with way too much power for anyone to use and must be banned.
9. Single shot 22LR pistols and rifles are so accurate they can only be used for assassinations and must be banned.
10. Silencers are the tools of the devil, or something, and must remain difficult to own and mostly illegal to use.
I’m sure that for any category of firearm, there is an equally emotional, compelling, and yet totally illogical argument to be made for banning that class of weapons.
So the answer to the question at the linked article is not just YES but HELL, YES!
The movement to ban firearms is rooted in fear, the fear of all of us.
The notion that we needed to codify the Bill of Rights was, at first, resisted in the Constitutional Convention because these rights were so plainly self evident that many in attendance could not conceive of a political climate in America where they would come under attack. Thank God for the Virginians.
We were able to engage Britain because the average citizen of the colonies has access to firearms that were at least equal in technology to those carried by the British. In some cases, the Pennsylvania Rifle being one, the colonists were better armed.
The servant should never lose fear of the master. Government is the servant of the People and the people should always have access to the means for asserting their God given right to liberty, to freedom from even the most benign tyranny.
Markie Marxist sez: “A constitutional right to own assault rifles? Of course not! The Second Amendment says that the right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed, which means that it shall be infringed! Can’t you read English?! The level of ignorance that some people have is unbelievable!”