In response to:

The Right to Self-Defense

Colonialgirl Wrote: Mar 08, 2013 7:57 PM
They were no "slower" loading than the muskets used by the British and American Armies. They ALL loaded the same way dummy.
hboring Wrote: Mar 09, 2013 1:57 AM
The Battle of New Orleans, actually fought after the end of the war, because of slow communications, was perhaps the best instance of riflemen against musketeers. Andrew Jackson's hodgepodge army, behind breastworks, mowed down Packenham's redcoats by the thousands, as they marched into their muzzles, while losing less than a hundred men.
Chief Boring
hboring Wrote: Mar 09, 2013 1:33 AM
It is easier to ram a ball down a smoothbore musket than a rifle barrel, which used a patched ball for accuracy. A patch is a small round or square piece of linen or cotton. It takes about three times longer to load a rifle than a musket. Riflemen were formed into small units to bring down officers from a distance not reached by muskets. Larger numbers of musket firing infantrymen fought basically the same as the British. Von Steuben brought disciple to the process. Chief Boring

In all the noise caused by the Obama administration's direct assault on the right of every person to keep and bear arms, the essence of the issue has been drowned out. The president and his big-government colleagues want you to believe that only the government can keep you free and safe, so to them, the essence of this debate is about obedience to law.

To those who have killed innocents among us, obedience to law is the last of their thoughts. And to those who believe that the Constitution means what it says, the essence of this debate is not about the...