Gun Culture, Assault Weapons and Obama, Oh My
January 10, 2013 16 Comments
Born On The 4th Of July…With A Gun In My Hand
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I don’t disagree with anything she says. I was brought up the same way.
The other thing is, it would be hard to overestimate how much we depend on guns out here. Let’s start be defining some terms.
An assault weapon (as the libs are using it, anyway) is a small rifle with a flash hider, a bayonet lug and a pistol grip. For civilian purposes the bayonet lug, and flash hider are pretty much cosmetic, the pistol grip is useful though, we’ll get to that.
The weapon type comes out of World War 2 and the German Army with some help from the Americans, the two progenitors of the type were the Schmeisser and the Thompson, which were both fully automatic, pistol caliber weapons, designed for close combat. After the war, they pretty much went away until the human wave assaults in Korea and the very short range combats in Vietnam. In both cases it was felt that volume of fire was more important than the old American ideal of “one shot:one kill”. The M-16 was developed from the Air Force’s survival rifle, and was a fully automatic weapon, with select fire. The caliber was and is .223 Remington (or 5.56 NATO) it’s a smaller lighter round which meant that an infantryman could carry significantly more ammunition in the field.
It replaced the M-1 Garand (which General Patton called the greatest battle implement ever invented) and the M-14, which were both 30 Caliber weapons, and were classed as battle rifles.
Thing is, the 22 caliber round of the M-16/AR-15 (and it’s Russian counterparts) is a varmint round. It’s good for coyotes, fox, rabid mammals of all kinds, maybe rattlesnakes and such, the Pentagon seems to think it’s all right for two-legged varmints as well. The weapons are light and easy to shoot well, if they have a pistol grip and a folding stock, they can be nearly as handy as a pistol, with the range of a long gun. That’s why we like them, we also like that they can be abused, they’re handy to keep in your pick-up, your four-wheeler, or to carry. In our world, a gun home in your gun safe is pretty much useless, if you don’t have it with you, you don’t have it. They’re a good compromise for us, just like they are for the army.
But, like any other tool, you have to have the right tool, you don’t tighten a 2 inch bolt with a wrench designed for a quarter inch one. If you are a good steady hunter you can take a deer with a .223, but some states require a 30 caliber. The 30 caliber round can also reach out further, which is either good or bad depending on the situation. For dangerous game, like bears, rhino, elephants, even feral pigs, I want even more power than a battle rifle, these species are called dangerous for a reason.
But finally, like Shelly said, guns are part of American culture, it has a lot to do with solving our own problems, whether you’re a rancher losing calves to coyotes, or Susie Homemaker defending her kids from an intruder, or defending freedom itself. I think that’s why the left hates them, they reduce our dependency on government, and they want us dependent.
God created man and Colonel Colt made them equal.
- “Evil” guns arent evil (ireport.cnn.com)
- Senator Dianne Feinstein Moves To Ban ALL Assault Rifles, High Capacity Magazines, and Pistol Grips (marketdailynews.com)
- Some Observations on Privately Owned Firearms (survivalblog.com)
- What makes a rifle Evil? (ireport.cnn.com)
- NRA Not just about Guns, It is about our FREEDOMS! The Most Important Article I have ever done. (dprogram.net)