So, what do you think? Should ‘Military-Style Weapons’ be banned? I mean, anything that has been used in a battlefield does not have a place amongst us mere Civilians, right? Any “sensible person” can agree with that! That’s it unless you understand how those two little words can be applied by sneaky politicians once you give them the go ahead.
Hell, even some gun owners may agree. Tell me if you haven’t heard or read some idiot saying: “I ain’t got use for an M16. I am a hunter and I have my hunting rifle and that’s all I need!” Besides the well know to most fact that the Second Amendment is not about hunting, let’s check what guns are part or have been part of battlefields and thus, fall under the category “Military-Style Weapons.”
Revolvers: Wait, you thought they were not in the list? Pretty much since its creation, the lowly revolver has been in battlefields everywhere in the world. Webleys, LeMats, Colts, Smith & Wesson, Nagants, etc have been wherever wars were fought in the 19th & 20th Centuries. Even General Patton carried a revolver with him in a time where a semi auto pistol was the standard issues for the US Army.
OK so Revolvers are “Military-Style Weapons.” They can be banned.
Shotguns: “Wait! What do you mean shotguns? Shotguns are not Military-Style Weapons!” Oh! but they have and are being used by our military. You did not know that? Behold the Winchester Model 1897 pump shotgun A.K.A. Trench Gun.
Used by Dough Boy in WWI, it stuck fear on the Kaiser soldiers who wanted it banned from the battlefield. Yes, it even came with bayonet lug and bayonet which according to the Antis makes it an “Assault Weapon.” The shotgun is being used right now overseas by our military so we can add the good ole pump shotgun to the “Military Style” guns to be banned at a whim of the politicos.
Hunting Rifles: “OK you just lost your mind. My deer gun is NOT a Military-Style Weapon!” Sorry, it is but it was the first reliably mass produced military weapon dating back the Spanish American war and probably a bit before that. Germany used them in both World Wars as line rifle and scoped (just like your hunting rifle) as sniper rifle.
Almost every bolt action rifle used for hunting today is based on the Mauser rifle of the time and that makes them a Military Style weapon plus with the added penalty of capable of being used as sniper rifles that may not fall in the hands of terrorists!
I can go on about every type of weapon there is including muzzleloaders, lever action rifles, semi auto pistols, etc. If you have not gotten the idea yet, you won’t ever.
However as funny anecdote, the AR family of rifles and which its latest descendant, the M4 is now being used by our military, started its life as a gun sold to civilians and police when it came out first. The military picked it up later seeing duty first with the Air Force keeping S.A.C. airfields safe. Does that mean it is not covered by the Military-Style weapons ban?
The lesson here is simple: When using generic terms like “Military-style”, “gun control” and “reasonable” the average citizen will think in the least hurtful terms possible while the politicians will push & extract the maximum amount of power possible, will pass laws accordingly and will have no shame in lying or use any means to pass them (Do “You have to approve it to read what is in it” sound familiar?)
Challenge your politicians. If they cannot give you but generic answers on what Gun Control or Military-style weapons are, they are lying and they are ready to give you the shaft. But then again they do that every day after they wake up.