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The following article was posted on January 16th, 2013, in the New Times - Volume 27, Issue 25 [ Submit a Story ]
The following articles were printed from New Times [newtimesslo.com] - Volume 27, Issue 25

Not all arms are created equal

San Luis Obispo

Buzz Kalkowski

The Second Amendment: “A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.”

When the Second Amendment was ratified in 1791, the musket was the weapon: the “arms.” The musket is a single-shot, muzzle-loaded gun. The writers of the amendment did not envision today’s assault rifles, and the rapid lethal injuries they can sustain.

“Arms” today could include grenades, military tanks, bombs, bombers, jet fighter aircraft, ships, and, for that matter, fertilizer with the potential for bomb-making. Not all are available for “the people to keep” for use as a weapon.

Assault rifles have no place in civilian lives. If one is a hunter, the hunt is primarily for the sport, the challenge, and not as today’s primary family food supply. A hunter does not need an assault rife.

With our democracy and our reputable military, we can be assured that our military will not fire weapons against fellow Americans. If the military would attack its citizens, assault rifles are no match against the available military weapons.

Lastly, ever hear of a drive-by knifing? Could one person with a knife commit a mass murder?