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Citizens! Arm yourselves! If you want, you can buy yourself THIS beauty! She fires .45 ACP rounds and comes with a 30 round magazine! You can even get a 100 round drum mag if you like! ACT FAST!

But wait... maybe not that fast... why would you need that? Has anybody ever gone hunting with a Tommy gun? Is having that strapped to your back necessary for warding off muggers? Do you need a 100 round magazine to defend your home? Obviously the first two questions are facetious, but the third one would be answered "yes" by a lot of people.

The Government, in all its ineffective bumbling and inability to solve the most basic of human problems (a commonly coinciding view), is still capable of outrageous tyranny that starts when they disarm the public! This is a fringe voice but it is a very loud one. Disregarding the fact that the military has fighter jets and smart bombs (good luck with that tommy gun!), and that the military is a volunteer citizen force that would be hard-pressed to start oppressing their own countrymen, disregarding the fact that a huge number of military individuals are NRA members....

I apologize for that outburst. Let's observe another view, perhaps one a little more sane. According to Gallup, 54% of Americans have a favorable opinion of the NRA. They claim to represent huntsmen and enthusiasts, after all! But wait... their top leaders advocate that fringe view I just mentioned... huh. With a board staffed by gun-happy celebrities, Republicans with questionable pasts, and at least one CEO of a major gun manufacturer, what is their interest as an organization?

Much like PETA's overzealous leadership, and any advocacy group of significant size, the crazies are few but gather at the base. Alarmist views drive membership, and when you're an alarmist on every front, you become fanatical. Painting a picture of a tyrannical government that wants to crush your rights might not hit home with everybody, but those that like their guns will at least take notice.

A rather extreme Government-As-Threat view has made itself known in recent years by way of the tea party and their increasingly unpopular candidates. The NRA holds this same view, and avidly promote unchecked weapons proliferation.

Additionally, the tired assertion of gun control "only hurting law-abiding gun owners" in such a way to imply that criminals will have bigger guns than us is ridiculous.

If you can't manufacture a kind of rifle, it makes it impossible to buy it.

But that's more for another time~

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Comment Preferences

  •  100-round drums. (1+ / 0-)
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    Steve Canella

    No real benefit to urban or suburban home defense--and unwieldy at that--but pretty damned convenient for hog hunts and clearing pest predators in wide open spaces.  Which is precisely why Auto Ordnance marketed the full auto Model 1927s to ranchers and planters.

    •  Hog Hunts? (2+ / 0-)
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      Wayward Wind, Steve Canella

      I don't know much about hog hunts or how necessary fully automatic weaponry is for achieving the goal of addressing the wild hog issue, I'll have to look into it.

      But I feel I must point out your ad there makes no mention of pest predators and instead mentions only security and enforcement applications. And the guy seems to be shooting at people on horseback from his porch.

      •  Necessity is in the eye of the beholder. (0+ / 0-)

        Since we gave up common civilian fill auto eighty years ago, the Southwest has  gone back to the basics on increasing rate of fire for invasive varimints.  Which basically means more rifles, pistols and between in more hands.

        And I stand corrected.  The Thompson was useful for clearing out varmints and bandits.

    •  Then you would support (4+ / 0-)
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      drmah, ranger995, Major Kong, antirove

      a measure which restricted high-capacity magazines to those who reside in areas defined by the Department of the Interior and the Department of Agriculture as areas where predators were causing problems for ranchers and farmers, with the specific condition that they be utilized only on the owner's property?

      I am a warrior for peace. And not a gentle man... Steve Mason, 1940-2005

      by Wayward Wind on Thu Jan 24, 2013 at 04:54:31 PM PST

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  •  Point of Information (1+ / 0-)
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    Steve Canella

    There have been no new civilian transferable machine guns since 1986.  The Thompson you can buy today is a semiautomatic version (depress the trigger once and it fires once).  

    Under capitalism man exploits man, under communism the roles are reversed.

    by DavidMS on Thu Jan 24, 2013 at 04:01:37 PM PST

  •  Why aren't these gun-nuts advertizing and pushing (1+ / 0-)
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    Steve Canella

    their weapons to the African American community?  If having all the guns you can stash under your bed is the ultimatie goal, shouldn't every citizen in every urban center have just a many as the out-in-the-boondocks farmer?  

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