I am noticing an increasing tendency of people these days to quote the Second Amendment in order to support their so called rights. The Second Amendment reads as follows; 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.
Having posted that I will point out that it does not state what kind of arms a citizen shall bear. I also note that it does not state anything about ammunition of any kind. Does this mean you have the Right to keep automatic weapons? No, not unless you are an Armorer who maintains an Arms Room for a Company of soldiers. Does this mean you can stock-pile as much ammo as you want? Yes, as long as you have the money, room, and weapon for that ammo.
I am a Retired Soldier who is concerned that many out there will use this loop-hole to make off with automatic weapons. Let me point out here that the Constitution of the United States does not state in any form what kind of weapon you shall have. Nor does it limit Congress to keeping automatic or semi-automatic weapons available to the public. Again the Second Amendment states 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. Notice the part about a well regulated militia.
A militia is 1 a : a part of the organized armed forces of a country liable to call only in emergency b : a body of citizens organized for military service 2 : the whole body of able-bodied male citizens declared by law as being subject to call to military service . In other words the Reserves and the National Guard.
The rights of the Military verses the Civillian population was never intended to be made public. However with the popularity of military grade weapons available to the public I will point out that the average person is in actuallity violating the Second Amendment when purchasing military equipment. Say what?!!!!
Currently there is no draft for the U.S. Military on the books. This means that the average citizen is not part of the Militia. The second definition of militia allows for a draft. I have not seen nor heard of a draft of civillians for military service. Notice the second definition again where it states able-bodied male citizens. If a female purchases a military grade weapon she is most definitely not a male and should not be subject to defend herself with an automatic weapon of any kind.
The definition of able-bodied is having a sound strong body. This does not mean I would draft someone who was insane or lacking in the mental capacity to tell right from wrong. They are both considered unfit for duty under the definition of sound strong body. A sound body includes mental health and if your mind is broken it is not sound.
Finally it in no way states what kind of weapon you shall keep. NRA not withstanding there is no legitimate reason to keep military grade weapons in the home. Deer, Squirrels, Rabbits, Coyotes, Snakes, or any other form of wildlife do not go running around the woods with automatic weapons shooting back at the hunters. I am not saying you cannot hunt but I am pointing out that Congress does have the right under the Second Amendment to limit the kind of weapons available to the public.
Besides all of the above I will point out that a .30-06 is more powerful than a .223 round any day of the week. I will also point out that a .45 will cause more harm to an intruder than a 9mm. Why is that? .45 is sub-sonic while the 9mm breaks the sound barrier. The slower the round travels the more damage it does as it goes through the target. Weapons choice is important when hunting but it does not mean you need military-grade equipment just to go to the woods.
Military-grade is defined as of and for the use of the military within a wide range of temperatures, gravity forces, and heights. This definition is not all inclusive but points out that most items are designed to withstand incredible forces and temperatures and still keep on working. What most people don't understand is that you pay a whole lot of extra just to meet those standards for something you will not need under civillian conditions.
I will explain here further. Who needs a weapon that will fire at negative 180 fahrenheit when they are sitting inside of a nice warm house set at 72 degrees fahrenheit? I doubt that any person reading this will even consider going out when the temperature goes below zero much less -180 F. The average soldier does not get that kind of choice. They have a duty and a guard post that must be manned no matter the conditions outside.
So in the end who has the right for gun control? Per the Second Amendment Congress. They also have the Right and Need to keep military-grade weapons away from the civillian population per the Second Amendment.
Do you agree or disagree?