The Blog is having a lazy night.
The following was not written by me.
It was written by a military vet, who has a thing or two to say about weapons that are intended to kill fellow humans.
It is pretty intense, and well worth the read.
From one of our members <William Brown>Read. Think. Feel free to share your thoughts.
I was a soldier.
... I was taught to hunt humans who were taught to hunt me. I was taught to hunt humans with firearms designed exclusively to hunt humans. Other humans were taught to hunt me with weapons designed for hunting humans. I am grateful and fortunate to have never been put into a place where I would have to hunt humans and where other humans hunted me.
When I enlisted into the Army at the age of 17, I took an oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. To this day and 30+ years later, I still take that oath very seriously; I will always defend and understand the only written document in the history of the world that created a country.
Within that document are two paragraphs that define us as a nation, a culture and our way of life; the freedom of speech and the right to bear arms.
I am going to use the former to discuss the latter.
The right to bear arms was written into the Constitution for several reasons, the two primaries were for self defense and the other was to feed a family.
The King was in charge of the United Kingdom, which included the colonies of what would become the founding states of America. Due to several minor clashes between his soldiers and colonists prior to 1774, the King made it a crime for non-official representatives of the Crown to own firearms. The King also wanted to protect the British economy and therefore made it illegal for the Colonists to use firearms to hunt for their own food, as he had official hunters for the Colonists.
Therein is borne the 2nd amendment, adopted in 1791: “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.”
The first part of that paragraph defends all of our rights from foreign and domestic threats. The second half of that paragraph provides that, as private citizens, we have a right to own firearms.
With rights though, come responsibilities. Each of us has the responsibility to defend the rights of others, who in turn have the responsibility to defend our rights.
When the Constitution was written, firearms were of a different design than what we have today; in 1791 there was one design with multiple uses – hunting, self defense and military combat. in time designs diverged for different uses. One design group was created for military use, simply put; these were specifically designed to hunt humans in combat. This weapons group is appropriately and intentionally called “Combat Assault Weapons”.
Combat Assault weapons were designed to hunt other humans during combat in times of war. When these were first invented in the late 1800s, the military maintained exclusive ownership and possession of these particularly dangerous weapons until the early 1900s, not even law enforcement had these. By the 1920s these firearms were in the possession of private citizens who were intent on committing crimes. It was the activities of these gangs through the 1920s and 1930s that caused laws to be put in place that made it illegal to own firearms designed for hunting humans privately.
This remained the law of the land until the 1970s. After combat assault weapons became legal for private owners, no single year has gone by in which hundreds of innocent people are killed by other people using firearms designed to hunt humans; under the pretense of the 2nd amendment of the United States Constitution.
I have met lots of responsible hunters in my 50 years, not one of them ever said “I love shooting my AK-47 at elk, moose, deer and bear.” No single responsible game hunter would ever use a combat assault weapon for hunting game for one simple reason; “I don’t want to destroy the animal, the idea is to have steak for dinner, not ground meat.”
In 1980 I was trained to be a soldier by men who hunted humans during the Viet Nam and Korean wars. Over the years I have met other men who hunted humans in Germany, France, England, Spain, Italy and Japan between 1942 and 1944. At the end of the day these men and some women must justify this in their hearts and souls as patriotism. They have seen death first hand because their job was to hunt humans. I have seen the guilt, shame and stress in my son’s face who hunted humans in Iraq for a year.
Hunting humans is not a sport for the private individual; it is the distasteful job of a soldier.
When I, or you, sit and talk with these men and even women who hunted humans because it was their job, they do not do it with a smile, they don’t laugh about it; their faces show their own feelings of guilt, shame and stress. Some won’t speak of it, because the horror of hunting humans still haunts them. These men and women must also face the fact that they had to violate God’s 6th commandment – “Thou shall not kill”
As a nation we cannot speak of human rights violations of despots and dictators when we as a nation make legal in our neighborhoods hunting humans a sport, violating the very human rights we decry of others. Owning and using weapons designed for hunting humans in the name of “my rights” is in violation of the rights and freedoms of others.
Before you buy a firearm designed to hunt humans, sit with a man or woman who has hunted humans. Look in their eyes, those eyes are not smiling or laughing, they are crying even if you can’t see the tears.
For over 40 years, half of the men, women and children in our country who were murdered, were murdered by stolen weapons designed for hunting humans; many of them were murdered with their own firearms designed for hunting humans.
Not long ago 26 people were murdered with a firearm designed for hunting humans; among those who were murdered, the owner of that very firearm designed for hunting humans.
Today, millions of Americans were not murdered by millions of other responsible Americans who own firearms that were not designed for hunting humans, because these gun owners understand that combat assault weapons were designed to hunt humans, and they are not interested in hunting humans; they are interested in protecting their hearth, home, family and or they hunt to feed their family. Thank them for exercising their rights with responsibility.