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The Need for Semi-Automatic "Assault" Weapons

TDBLU Wrote: Jan 10, 2013 10:21 AM
The Buddha explained that while swords were "unfortunate instruments", because killing another being is not heaven's way, that sometimes a sword was needed to protect those who did seek heaven's way. I was a 911 call-taker for 31 years, and I state with complete assurance that when life is threatened, and seconds count, the police are only minutes away. I have also spoken with American combat veterans, who shrug, and state with complete assurance, that in a face-off between one using a handgun, and one using a rifle, that the rifle will win.Whether against a common criminal, or he who would be king. Americans ! This land, your property, your way of life, all came about because citizens owned weapons equal to an oppressor.

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...