My bet is that 100% of Americans want to stop mass shootings and protect our schools. There are just dissenting opinions on how to go about accomplishing the goal. I’ve chosen to keep my opinions about gun control and the Second Amendment to myself, but I will say this. Regardless of on which side of the argument you find yourself, if you’re going to march in protest, carry signs and make sweeping declarations, it’s a good idea to know what your talking about. Even just a little bit. If you don’t, it weakens your cause and it makes you seem… forgive me… stupid. Say for example, if you’re demanding the banning of assault weapons, it might be kind of a good idea to actually know what an assault weapon is. WATCH.
Appearing on Fox and Friends, Mike Huckabee addressed the problem with the March for Our Lives protests, “I salute these students for their passion and their energy, and for their interest in helping to shape public policy, but I would say this to them: Emotion is a terrible substitute for truth.“
Part of the problem is semantics or more probably easily influenced teenagers parroting misinformed over-emotional adults. Anyway, there is no such thing as an assault weapon, per se. There is however, such a thing as an assault rifle, which is basically what folks in my generation call machine guns. Assault rifles are classified as selective-fire rifles, meaning they can be adjusted to operate in three different rapid fire modes: semi-automatic, burst or fully automatic. Assault rifles also employ intermediate cartridges and detachable magazines for quick reloading. I feel certain these are the types of weapons gun control advocates are demanding be banned…not necessarily a bad idea. Interestingly, however, while assault rifles are not currently banned, they already are severely restricted by civilian ownership (and have been for over 80 years) under the National Firearms Act of 1934.
For the record, I knew close to nothing about assault weapons/rifles before I sat down to write this post. I still don’t know much, but what I do know, I learned in less than ten minutes and if asked for one, I’m confident I could give a a simple definition. NOTE TO PROTESTORS: Do your homework.
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