To Bare and Keep

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The assault weapon, past and present, and the increasing destruction caused by outdated thinking.

Submitted: August 22, 2019

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Having a deep aversion to guns of any kind, my instinctual understanding of them is just this: they were designed to maim and kill from a distance. This keeps the pain and suffering brought about through violent action at bay, never meeting it head on in an up close and personal way.

Through that seperation, the immediate resulting horror of violent death is ignored by those who embrace a pro- gun mentality. That notion alone is beyond frightening. As mass gun violence continues, it has contributed to a wide ranging form of social anxiety, which in some cases can be emotionally crippling.

Knowing that the topic of this essay has been addressed before, I'm going to state it again. 

When the founders of American government set out a bill of rights in the latter part of the 1700's, the right to keep and bare arms was a part of the document. The second amendment referred to knives, swords and the musket; it was the long range, hand held weapon of the time. Its use involved hand loading and stuffing gun powder down the mouth of the barrel, adding a single rounded bullet after that, and again, the bullet was stuffed down with a thin pipe like instrument. Then a flint at the top, near the trigger of the gun, was lit by hand with a flame. The process took time, requiring a great amount of effort, all done to fire one bullet.

The musket was the assault weapon of early America, and not everyone could handle the firing process, at least not without risking losing a finger or two, or going blind from a misfire.

Today, there are multiple round, rapid firing, extremely powerful and deadly assault weapons which are still readily available for purchase in the US. The firing of them is relatively easy, and they are capable of killing dozens within seconds.

The NRA want's to keep these terribly destructive weapons available to the American public, they are a powerful lobby in Washington which always uses the second amendment to back their backward thinking argument. It's all they do whenever an assualt weapon ban is being considered.

I have a question for the members of the National Rifle Association, do any of you seriously believe that the founders of  America had any idea of the possibility, that the kind of destructive weaponry human beings have bought forth, would ever exist?  As for myself, I doubt it.

An AK-47 is not a musket. But it seems because of those with the mind set of the NRA, that the rest of us must continue to bare the horrific results of the irrational equation.


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