Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Do we need automatic guns?

   The question a lot of people are asking since the school shootings in Newton, Connecticut is why are automatic guns-particularly long guns-legal in this country?
   The military and police are about the only groups that would have a need for them. I(This is pursuant to conversations I have heard.) I agree.
   Hunters need a bolt action or pump to shoot game. One good friend, Tom Lounsberry who resides on a farm in the thumb area often hunts with a single shot shotgun. He can empty a spent round a reload quicker than many can rack another round in the the gun's clip.
   But the other side of the argument is if autos or semi autos are deemed illegal, that's just one step in outlawing all guns. Give them an inch and they'll take a yard is the conclusion of gun rights advocates.
   The NRA, always a proponent of about any firearm that comes down the road has been silent on this issue since the shootings occurred.
   They plan to hold a news conference December 21 to announce their position. In the past those announcements have always brought with them, frustration and anger on both the right to bear arms side as well as the opposition.
   It's time to fish or cut bait as the saying goes. I don't think we can have it both ways. They are either legal or not.
   Many stores are pulling them off shelves and gun racks. Some are refusing to sell them anymore. Indeed, these next few days and weeks are going to be telling regarding the second amendment and gun owners rights.

1 comment:

  1. I am an NRA life member and supporter and believe in the Right to Bear Arms. However we don't need auto loading long guns with huge clips for any purpose except in war. I will never get rid of my Ruger 10/22. It is a fine squirrel getter though I don't hunt anymore. But I still go to the range and enjoy poking holes in bulls eyes. Is limiting autoloading rifles the foothold to eliminating shotguns that we use for hunting and home defense?