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Friday, July 29, 2016

The "Gun Control - LDub Speaks Out!" Story

It was an ordinary day. Hitting the keys on my MacBook Air while thinking exactly what I want to say without being too offensive or too defensive towards many of my readers.
The gun is a fake six-shooter.  Not too
many parents chance buying guns like
this for their children today for fear
they might be mistaken for a real gun
with terrible results.
Guess I should tell you that while a young boy I enjoyed playing with my six-shooter cap gun. Also went hunting with a 12-gauge shotgun a few times until I actually shot a rabbit and felt so bad that I had killed a defenseless animal that I gave up small-game hunting. Went deer hunting once, pulled out my white handkerchief to blow my nose and was shot at by another hunter. That was the end of that! Also coached the Manheim Township High School rifle team to a state championship before retiring due to hearing loss. Actually have a .22 caliber single-shot rifle and bullets in the cedar chest of my bedroom closet. Was a member of the NRA for quite a few years. So you see, I'm not against guns ... but, I never hunted with a automatic weapon or coached a shooter who used an automatic weapon that had a clip with multiple bullets or a magazine with 100 rounds.  And, when our Second Amendment was written, our politicians were using muzzleloaders that held a single bullet and more than likely didn't realize that at one time in history there would be automatic weapons such as those that could hold 30 to 100 rounds. When John Browning developed the Browning Automatic Rifle (BAR) he did so for the military in WWI.
The 1972 Manheim Township HIgh School State Champs
The rifles are single-shot .22 gauge bolt action rifles.  No
schools in Lancaster County allow live ammunition in the
schools anymore.  There are still rifle teams, but they all
use Air Rifles.
The FG 42 was a selective fire automatic rifle produced in Germany during WWII. The Germans were also the first to pioneer the assault rifle concept during WWII. The U.S. Army developed the semi-auto weapon M1 during WWII.  The first confrontations between the AK-47 and the M14 came in the early part of the Vietnam War. No where did I find that lethal assault weapons were developed for hunting animals or target shooting. And, I can't believe that our founding fathers had in mind that we needed to be armed with an assault weapon when they wrote the Second Amendment which said: "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." In the past few years, Lancaster, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh passed city gun laws that stated a gun owner who has a gun stolen or lost must report that loss to the police within so many hours. The NRA sued the cities stating they couldn't pass a law that infringed on a gun owner's rights like they did.  Seems the State Supreme Court disagreed with the NRA.  We'll see what happens. My last approach goes like this ... a duck hunter is limited by law to three shots before he or she must reload their gun. If we can protect ducks in this manner without complaints from gun owners, why can't civilized humans not make this a law for all civilian-owned weapons? Just saying! It was another extraordinary day in the life of an ordinary guy.  PS - Hope I didn't offend too many, but just wondering why we, as caring human beings, can't stop the carnage that has taken so many innocent lives in the past few years.  

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