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Letís change the terminology in defending our gun rights
Gun Owners of America ^ | 08 January 2013 | Tim Macy

Posted on 01/10/2013 9:38:32 PM PST by neverdem

With the current attack on personal gun ownership and the Second Amendment, the radical Left has twisted the phrase “assault weapon” to try and take guns away from law-abiding Americans.

Real assault rifles are used by modern infantrymen and are capable of firing in a fully-automatic mode. Yes, they are currently available to citizens -- but one must submit to a federal background check (which can take months), be photographed and fingerprinted, pay a tax of $200, and get a sign-off from the local chief of police or sheriff. Moreover, because of their limited supply, machineguns run in the thousands of dollars to purchase.

The semi-automatic “assault weapons” are NOT machineguns. They don’t fire like machineguns, and they are functionally no different than many pistols or shotguns which have been available to civilian markets for over a century and which can fire in a semi-automatic mode. So, why the fuss over simple cosmetics when it doesn’t matter one whit to the internal function of the rifle?

This is why Americans must begin changing the terminology we use to our favor. So-called "assault weapons" are not designed to assault anyone -- they are "defense weapons" for Americans to defend our families, our country and our Constitution. In colonial times, the “defense weapon” of the day was a musket, and our forefathers used muskets and canons to fight the British to secure our freedom.

Today, the modern analog of the colonial musket is the AR-15 style rifles that have the ability to use standard-capacity magazines for self-defense. God forbid we have to use our “defense weapons.” But, as the old saying goes, “better to have it, and not need it, than to need it and not have it.”

Victims of tyranny -- from the Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto, to the victims of Joseph Stalin and Idi Amin -- have all wished they were armed. We should not join their ranks of victimhood.

Why would Americans give up the right to have the best possible defense weapon we can have to protect our home, family, state and nation from criminals of ALL kinds?

So, when anyone tries to turn the conversation toward "assault weapons," turn it back to "defense weapons" and, as the line goes, “stick to your guns.”

Tim Macy is the Vice Chairman of Gun Owners of America, a national gun lobby with over 300,000 members.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Editorial; Front Page News; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: banglist; defenseweapons; goa; guncontrol; secondamendment; youwillnotdisarmus
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1 posted on 01/10/2013 9:38:44 PM PST by neverdem
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To: neverdem

If it’s the GUNS that are so dangerous, then it is only logical that NO ONE have any guns.


2 posted on 01/10/2013 9:43:51 PM PST by UCANSEE2 ( If you think I'm crazy, just wait until you talk to my invisible friend.)
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To: UCANSEE2
WRONG!

The Swiss have got it CORRECT !
We need to learn from the Swiss and implement their policies here in the United States right now, today!
The Swiss have got it CORRECT !
Remember: Read Second Amendment: It’s Not About Hunting, IT'S ABOUT TYRANNY .
3 posted on 01/10/2013 9:52:42 PM PST by Yosemitest (It's Simple ! Fight, ... or Die !)
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To: Yosemitest

Most excellent post, sehr gut!


4 posted on 01/10/2013 10:02:01 PM PST by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: All armed conservatives.)
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To: neverdem
Ran into this shocking data.....

SSRI Stories

5 posted on 01/10/2013 10:11:09 PM PST by Scooter100 ("Now that the fog has lifted, I still can't find my pipe". --- S. Holmes)
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To: neverdem

Bump


6 posted on 01/10/2013 10:18:44 PM PST by Jet Jaguar
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To: neverdem
As long as we're changing terminology, let's also put to rest the nonsense BiteMe is pushing by saying: "...if it saves a single life..."

It needs to be made clear that guns in the hands of citizens is actually saving many, many more lives than the theoretical few they allege might be saved by removing those guns. It needs to be endlessly repeated that the Second Amendment saves lives, gun confiscation destroys lives.

Saw a statistic a few years ago claiming that 512 rapes were thwarted daily by the use of guns; not sure of its accuracy. If anyone knows about this, please help out. At any rate, if the numbers hold up, we need to also ask the gun grabbers, why do you want hundreds of women raped today?

7 posted on 01/10/2013 10:25:07 PM PST by stormhill
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To: neverdem; Yosemitest

bookmarked for Yosemitest’s informative post. Thank you both!


8 posted on 01/10/2013 10:25:24 PM PST by KGeorge
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To: neverdem

They want to ban guns.

And they’re going to do it.

Doesn’t matter what you say to them.

Or what your arguments are.

They want to ban guns.

And they think they are in a position to do it.


9 posted on 01/10/2013 10:25:50 PM PST by Tzimisce (The American Revolution began when the British attempted to disarm the Colonists.)
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To: neverdem

I am expecting states like Texas will adopt this very same pattern, as long as they are legally Texans.


10 posted on 01/10/2013 10:28:52 PM PST by Eye of Unk (AR2 2013 is the American Revolution part 2 of 2013)
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To: KGeorge
You're welcome.
The time is coming when we must use the ammo we've been storing.
11 posted on 01/10/2013 10:33:59 PM PST by Yosemitest (It's Simple ! Fight, ... or Die !)
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To: Yosemitest

Bookmarked. Thank you again. (quite a savings there from my local)


12 posted on 01/10/2013 10:55:53 PM PST by KGeorge
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To: KGeorge
My pleasure, and may I recommend an excellent home defense weapon, the PTR-91, a short barreled rifle requiring a $200.00 federal tax.?
13 posted on 01/10/2013 11:21:26 PM PST by Yosemitest (It's Simple ! Fight, ... or Die !)
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To: Yosemitest

I wish! It’s sad to be po’. God Willing, it won’t be deadly. (A short barrel would be such a luxury. I am dangerous to myself & others anytime I pick up something more than 2 feet long- & it ain’t the bullets. I <3 handguns)


14 posted on 01/10/2013 11:38:51 PM PST by KGeorge
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To: KGeorge

should have clarified- all somethings; vacuum wand, trim molding, broom. I handle a long gun like it’s a nuclear weapon (terrified of it)
Sorry for the double post.


15 posted on 01/10/2013 11:41:03 PM PST by KGeorge
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To: neverdem

Could buy a Barret 50 Cal Sniper Rifle they are rather expensive and hard to conceal!!


16 posted on 01/10/2013 11:42:09 PM PST by tallyhoe
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To: KGeorge
It's better to be alive and po' with an excellent home defense weapon, than po' and bleeding to death.
Practice takes away danger.
We fight like we play.
17 posted on 01/10/2013 11:50:31 PM PST by Yosemitest (It's Simple ! Fight, ... or Die !)
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To: Yosemitest

Great post! Bookmarked. I knew a little about Swiss gun ownership and military service but that thorough rendition is excellent.


18 posted on 01/10/2013 11:52:48 PM PST by TigersEye (Who is John Galt?)
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To: TigersEye

Pass along the info to your friends and shut down the liberals with this recommendation.


19 posted on 01/10/2013 11:55:20 PM PST by Yosemitest (It's Simple ! Fight, ... or Die !)
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To: IncPen; BartMan1

ping


20 posted on 01/10/2013 11:59:56 PM PST by Nailbiter
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