LEXIE CANNES STATE OF TRANS — Who is tired of debates with gun nuts? I know I am. But here’s the thing, you don’t have to debate them. Heck, you don’t even have to listen to them. Use your thoughts on all things guns at the place where it has the most power — the ballot box. The NRA’s grip on American politics is showing cracks. The most recent misuse of an assault weapon (this time apparently, targeting us) is yet another setback for gun rights advocates. Continued support of gun rights may no longer keep many politicians in office. The power to make actual changes may fall in the hands of voters.
Now, I support the right to bear arms as written in our Constitution. But our extending it to weapons capable of mass destruction was a legal reach at best, at worst, a catastrophic mistake. Around the time of our Founding Fathers, flintlocks and muzzleloaders were the weapons of the day. They had no vision of our eventual capability to create easily accessible weapons of mass destruction. It is up to us, American voters, to rectify this shortcoming — not the NRA or gun nuts. The latter may loudly, heck, even boastfully insist their position is written in stone, but secretly, they’re terrified of voters electing politicians having a different interpretation of the Second Amendment. These people in turn, will start appointing judges with the same view. If this happens, all bets are off. But it begins with you. Your vote at the ballot box. No discussion with gun nuts necessary.
I propose we begin by aiming at the NRA’s weak spot — assault weapons. What’s an assault weapon? Here’s my interpretation: Anything that is capable of firing ammo faster than one can fire a standard bolt-action rifle, including reloading time.
Yup, simple as that. No need to listen to gun nuts splitting hairs with you about automatic, semi-automatic, modified weapons, nor listen to them utter out model numbers like AK-47, AR-15, M-4, Mini 14 — if the gun is capable of shooting ammo faster than a bolt-action rifle, then it’s an assault weapon that belongs only in the hands of the military and law enforcement agencies.
Next election, look through your voter’s guide. Your choices will clearly (and literally) be in black and white.
Sidenote to my pals Tony Divelbess and Ron Shannon: Had you two not uttered NRA-speak and made insulting comments on my social media page, this article might not have seen the light of day.
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