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Gun Control: Kill the Handgun – Roger Ingalls

In the wake of the shooting deaths in Aurora, Colorado, the roar to ban assault rifles can be heard all over the country. The President made a soft but responsible comment on the issue while Senator Feinstein was more direct.

Obama at the National Urban League: “I, like most Americans, believe that the Second Amendment guarantees an individual the right to bear arms, I think we recognize the traditions of gun ownership that passed on from generation to generation. That hunting and shooting are part of a cherished national heritage but I also believe that a lot of gun owners would agree that AK-47s belong in the hands of soldiers, not in the hands of criminals. That they belong on the battlefield of war, not on the streets of our cities. I believe the majority of gun owners would agree we should do everything possible to prevent criminals and fugitives from purchasing weapons, and we should check someone’s criminal record before they can check out a gun seller.”

Senator Feinstein: “Weapons of war don’t belong on the streets. This is a powerful weapon, it had a 100-round drum; this is a man who planned, who went in, and his purpose was to kill as many people as he could in a sold-out theater. We’ve got to really sit down and come to grips with what is sold to the average citizen in America. I have no problem with people being licensed to buy a firearm, but these are weapons that are only going to be used to kill a lot of people in close combat.”

I am a firm believer in the Second Amendment – commonly referred to as “the right to bear arms”. The Second Amendment text: 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. The amendment was provided for the purpose of deterring tyrannical government, repelling invasion, suppressing insurrection, facilitating a natural right of self-defense and enabling the people to organize a militia system.

If assault rifles are banned we’ll be left with hunting guns and handguns and we would then be out of compliance with the intent of the Second Amendment.

Guns kill approximately 30,000 people in the United States, per year, and less than 0.5% of those killed die from assault rifles. The political and media assault on assault rifles is way off target.

As defined in The Bill of Rights and in the context of the time in which it was written, I do not believe the Second Amendment guarantees the public the right to own or bear hand guns. Hand guns DO NOT satisfy the intended purpose of the amendment.  You cannot deter a tyrannical government or organize a militia with hand guns. I DO believe the public has the right to bear rifles, assault weapons and any equipment used by the military and government. This may be controversial but it is the true intent of the amendment.

Assault weapons make big headline when used for murder but they kill a fraction of the people relative to other weapons. Hand guns are designed for convenient and surprise killing at close proximity which is completely incompatible with the Second Amendment.

If politicians and mainstream media want to focus on a real problem without violating the Constitution, they should kill the handgun.

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2 thoughts on “Gun Control: Kill the Handgun – Roger Ingalls

  1. Tom Zborill on said:

    Roger,
    I think its worth stressing, especially to gun people, is that the first three words of the 2nd Amendment are “A well regulated”. What I’d like to see is an immediate ban on extended clips…there is only one reason to have a 100 round drum or a 35 round pistol clip: to kill people. After that, maybe a hefty tax on bullets so that owning hundreds and hundreds of rounds becomes extremely difficult. Today, a nurse told me he needed those extended clips for defending himself from the government. I asked him if he knew that black helicopters were bulletproof. I don’t think I made a friend today.

    • Hey Tom-
      Great to hear from you. Good idea, obviously it’s a tough issue to resolve. I do believe the people should have the right to weapons that deter tyrannical government but this belief is not satified by the idea of protecting the right to own handguns and just assault rifles. So, the NRA’s and it’s followers argument that guns are protected by the 2nd amendment is not valid. Hand guns are completely useless and not valid under the amendment…in my mind. As you highlighted, “well regulated” civilians should have access to the same weaponry as the military but this is controversial. It would also require smart laws and regulations but that’s not possible in today’s political environment. We are governed by career politicians that are governed by big business, and that alliance certainly does not want a populous with equivalent physical might. If we can put laws in place that reform the political system (campaign finance reform) along with an unbiased Supreme Court, then we can remove the tyrannical gov element from the 2nd amendment equation and the problem becomes easier. The 2nd can then focus on arms for personal protection and hunting. Maybe we need a whole new arms amendment just to deal with a tyranical gov. It’s complex and I know I’m not articulating it clearly.
      Keep in touch-
      Roger.

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