If you are still hyper-sensitive over Sandy Hook and other such tragedies, you might do well to skip this piece. On the other hand, if you are concerned about there not being enough gun controls in place in America, you might be encouraged by what someone like myself now thinks.
If you don't recognize it, Santa is blasting away with a vintage [Thompson sub-machine gun]. Oh my, would I ever love to have one, and it troubles me greatly that it may become illegal for someone like myself to buy one.
No, I would not have any practical use for the Thompson. For I am not physically able to take it out in the woods and see how much stuff I could put a hole or twenty in.
Just to be clear, I am talking about putting holes in trees, garbage and whatnot. For I have never shot any living thing just for the “sport” of shooting it, and a full-auto weapon would more than likely ruin too much of the meat to use it as a hunting weapon of even something as large as a grizzly bear.
Besides, I couldn’t afford to take it out to play with—even if I was still physically able to do so. For a quick look around the internet found .45 ACP ammo at 40 cents a round at the cheapest, and I cannot imagine me having enough discipline to fire off anything less than a thousand rounds with a weapon like that, if I had that much ammo on hand, which would amount to around $400.00 dollars per recess!
No, my wife and I do not live in an area where zombies are likely to try to get at us. So, the use of the Thompson for home defense is a little far-fetched.
Nonetheless, a law-abiding citizen of the United States of America should be able to arm themselves as they see fit as long as they do not pose a threat to any other law-abiding citizen. After all, do we not still live in the land of the free?
On the other hand, something needs to be done. For there are an awful lot of people now living in this country, who are genuinely terrified of the thought of anyone other than trained law-enforcement and military personnel in the pursuit of their duties possessing a firearm of any kind, and unless the [NRA] starts acting like they really care about their concerns, I can see where it will become illegal for a private citizen to possess a firearm of any kind.
No, I do not have a problem with what I know of the [gun control measures] that President Obama is now proposing. For I grew up when even our pump and semi-auto shotguns had to have a magazine plug in place to keep them from holding more than three rounds. If I remember right, high-powered hunting rifles could not hold more than five rounds, and we didn’t feel threatened by anyone or anything.
Yes, “they” will want more. For no new much-tighter restrictions on handguns are currently being addressed, but with the NRA acting like they really do want what can be lived with in peace by all parties concerned, it should make it easier to hold the line when it really needs to be held.
Alas, has not the NRA started acting more and more like far too many big-time labor unions? For they appear to not give a rip about anything other than what they say is right, which can border on the ridiculous to a much great extent than even a gun-nut like myself is comfortable with.
Yes, if I had great concerns over America becoming an oppressive police-state much sooner than later, I might feel differently, but I don’t think so. For fighting anything but a guerilla war against the oppressive forces, which could be waged quite nicely with actual hunting rifles and shotguns until enough weaponry could be captured, would be suicidal. Come on now, what are even fully militarized M-16s going to accomplish against Abrams battle tanks and Pershing fighting vehicles—not to mention Apache gunships?
Regarding a related issue, be assured that more needs to be done to address mental-health issues. Just look at what happened to Full-Auto Santa.
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