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The Need for Semi-Automatic "Assault" Weapons

SteveTate Wrote: Jan 10, 2013 4:47 PM
Muzzle loaders were needed to keep in check an overbearing government armed with muzzle loaders. The governments of today require more sophisticated weapons in the hands of the people. Ignorance of the Framers' intent is not justification to mock those who understand.

By now, we’ve heard the argument about semi-automatic "assault" rifles: nobody needs one. We’ve heard the only reason why someone would obtain this kind of weapon is so they can kill people, which is far from the truth. We’ve also heard the argument from both the Left and the Right that a pistol is how someone protects their home.

"I really don’t know why people need assault weapons. I’m not a hunter but I understand people who want to hunt," Republican Rep. Peter King said on Morning Joe earlier this week. "I understand people who live in rough neighborhoods...