Need help with a FB response
I'm hoping to respond to this friend with a good, solid, fact based response. I'd like some help refining my argument. Also some fact checking as well please.
tell me, tim, why you need that kind of weapon in a capacity outside of a military setting? i'd love to hear a reasonable answer from a gun advocate like yourself. i am not against carrying, but i think military assault weapons belong, well, in the military. not on our streets. and i certainly think alot of other things need fixing too, such as our mental healthcare system & access to that rather than access to semi automatics.
My argument is as follows.
My response is three fold.
1) The first reason that "We the People" need these so called "military assault weapons" is the same reason that the Founding Fathers needed their muskets. It's the same reason that the founding fathers penned the Second Amendment in the first place. That reason is the defense of liberty, be it from an invading army or from our own Federal Government. Many people laugh at this but I'll remind you that since my grandfather was born more than 200 million people have been slaughtered by their own governments. All of those people were "conveniently" disarmed before their wholesale slaughter. Anyone who thinks it can't happen here is ignoring history and human nature. There is a genocide/mass murder in progress today in the country of Syria. It may not happen here in America for 50 or 100 years but I'm not going to sell out my children or grand children's ability to defend themselves.
2) Last year more people were murdered with knives than with rifles (all rifles, not just "assault rifles"). Last year more people were murdered by hammers and clubs than with rifles (all rifles, not just "assault rifles"). Last year more people were murdered with bare hands and shod feet than with assault rifles. People who are not deterred by laws against murder will not be deterred by laws against guns. "Military style assault weapons" cannot be magically eliminated. We can't put the genie back in the bottle and we can't un-ring the bell. The only people who will turn in their guns are the good guys. The bad guys will keep them. Laws only restrict the good guys and gun control laws are proven killers.
3) Lastly, this is America, land of the free. We don't have to justify a "NEED" for alcohol, fast cars, large cokes, milkshakes and fast food. All of which kill tens of thousands more Americans each year than so called "military assault weapons". Yet no one is asking if I "need" that double cheeseburger or that extra desert.