Time for a Lesson on the Assault Rifle

by: Brent Smith at the Common Constitutionalist

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Why is this important? Why do we need to know anything about “assault” rifles?

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It’s important to be able to combat liberal hysteria. Knowledge is power, and if you’re the one in the room who knows this stuff, the rest will be forced to shut up and listen, or leave, lest they reveal their ignorance. There is nothing more important in discussions like these than to arm oneself with indisputable facts.

So what’s an assault rifle? Truth be told, there is no such thing. It’s a made up term that has been adopted, yet essentially has no meaning, except for terms assigned to it for the express purpose of scaring people. After all – an “assault” rifle could only be used to “assault” the innocent – never for defense. See how this works?

Well, if this is the case, why is the AR-15 thusly named? What does the AR of AR-15 stand for? Most claim it of course stands for “Assault Rifle” or Automatic Rifle – right? Well NO, no is does not, because, as I stated, “assault” rifle is an imagined term, and “automatic” rifle should be self-explanatory. If not, I’ll get to it.

The AR-15 stands for ArmaLite Rifle, model 15. ArmaLite is the company that originated the AR-15 all the way back in the 1950s. But ArmaLite makes a variety of other rifles like the AR-10, AR-30, 50, and the M-15. These are also black and scary, pistol grip rifles. read more

Weapons Ban Didn’t Work Last Time

from IBD:

We Banned Assault Weapons Before … And It Didn’t Work

Maybe they are too young to know, or have faulty memories, but whatever the reason, all those pushing for a ban on “assault weapons” in the wake of the Florida school shooting ignore the fact that the last time the country imposed such a ban it failed to make a measurable difference.

  Gun control advocates were ecstatic when President Trump appeared to support a ban on “semi-automatic assault weapons.” The White House later issued a statement that he still opposes a ban.

Nevertheless, Democrats have already introduced two bills that would outlaw the sale of weapons like the AR-15, based mainly on various cosmetic features of the guns, and limit the size of magazines allowed. And the press has been playing up the issue with relentless fervor. read more

Democrat Gun Control Push May Backfire

from HotAir:

Dems Worry: Are We Overplaying The Gun-Control Hand?

Once again, the answer is obvious. Once again, the question probably comes too late — both for Democrats and for any kind of bipartisan effort to fix the real problems exposed in a mass shooting. Only after a week of demonizing law-abiding gun owners around the country and the NRA as child-killers for a crime to which they had no connection, Democrats have begun to worry that they may have gone too far, according to The Hill:

The party is galvanized behind the idea that Congress should take action on gun control, but faces warnings from some Democrats that reaching too far could drive away voters in the swing districts they’ll need to retake the Speaker’s gavel. read more

WND Exclusive – THE 2ND AMENDMENT SANCTUARY CITY

The Second Amendment Sanctuary City: a city where the mayor, council members and local law enforcement abide by the Constitution and follow the laws of the state and the nation. What a novelty.

At least they follow most of the laws. See, it’s also a city where the Second Amendment is interpreted as it was written and intended. Any and all weapons of personal self-defense are allowed in this city and the surrounding suburbs.

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CNN’s Chris Cillizza is not a Smart Man

from HotAir:

CNN’s Chris Cillizza On Deputy Scot Peterson: He Proved The NRA Wrong

CNN’s Chris Cillizza had a really awful hot take on the news that Sheriff’s Deputy Scot Peterson stood outside doing nothing while Nikolas Cruz was inside Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school shooting people. Cillizza’s take is that this proves, once and for all, that a ‘good guy with a gun’ doesn’t always stop a bad guy with a gun.

Cillizza:

“To stop a bad guy with a gun, it takes a good guy with a gun,” LaPierre said to applause from the CPAC crowd on Thursday morning. read more

Podcast – Breaking Down the Florida School Shooting

by: Brent Smith at the Common Constitutionalist

The High School massacre in Florida could have been prevented, or at the very least drastically mitigated. Nickolas Cruz was well known as a deranged dirt bag to all at the school and the Broward County Sheriffs office. We know this, as it has been stated on a number of occasions and by countless people at the school.

Yet he was allowed to enter one of the buildings, kill 17 people and exit unharmed, easily avoiding the ONE armed police officer on the rather sizable campus.

So permit me the opportunity to break it all down and logically explain the reasons why we need to harden schools with real first responders. read more

Open Letter from a Former Teacher

Thank you to Fred for bringing this to my attention.

Dear School Administrators: Are your Schools Safer Today?

Having spent about eighteen years in school buildings as a student and twenty-nine years in school buildings as an unarmed teacher, fifteen of them post-Columbine, I think I have a right to voice an opinion on this matter. I’m pretty proficient with firearms, yet I faced each day of teaching knowing that I could easily be shot down right along with my students!

So, school administrators, board members, parents, and anybody else responsible for the kids in your community, is your school safer this week? If it is, great work. Thanks for getting at this important task. If not, WHY not! Are you not angry enough yet? I am angry, and I don’t blame students around the country for being angry. Why would they NOT be angry; they are at risk, and nobody seems interested in actually fixing the problem. And I can’t blame an immature sixteen-year-old for placing all the blame on guns; there are plenty of adults who can’t get past that false notion themselves.

I want to know – are you one of the many school administrators just sitting around this week philosophizing and pontificating over coffee about gun control fantasies and improvements needed in the mental healthcare system? Meanwhile, hundreds of unprotected, innocent young people are streaming into your buildings every morning. read more

Is This How Freedom Dies

by: Brent Smith at the Common Constitutionalist

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What we witnessed the other night at the CNN Town Hall was the cancer of leftist authoritarianism, as it slowly begins to consume and kill off everything it contacts. And this is how freedom and liberty may die – to the accompaniment of thunderous applause of ignorant masses, being manipulated and pandered to by opportunists.

It was a dreadful sight. One of which we should all take heed, for this one event may become the springboard or catalyst for the outlawing of firearms, which of course is merely the first step in the loss of additional freedoms.

However, we can’t blame our youth, or even the families of the fallen and injured. They’re hurting and will understandably lash out and demand action. We get that. But the Constitution can’t defend itself against such an onslaught of raw human emotion. It takes people to come to its defense. It takes people who recognize that bad law is worse than none at all – that nothing in the Constitution can ever be compromised away, and are strong enough to suffer the slings and arrows of the emotionally distressed. read more

Democrats are Using Our Youth

by: Brent Smith at Common Constitutionalist

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The democrat anti-gun parade (figuratively and literally) is well under way. And this time they’re leaving no stone unturned. They’ve enlisted the help of children. Although it’s more like the democrats have gotten these young skulls full of mush (h/t Rush) hooked on anti-gun crack and are now pimping them out to the main-stream leftist media.

Yet they want us to believe that it was the children who organized all these anti-gun rallies, marches and protests, rented the upscale busses, etc., all by themselves. Sure they did. The children certainly have not been coached and brainwashed to come out and argue against guns and our constitutionally protected rights – and they are definitely NOT being exploited for leftist political gain.

And by the way, lest someone mistake my claims for being heartless – I’m not making light of this latest tragedy. It is a tragedy – a senseless one. It’s the left’s choreographed response that bothers me – how they can get children to do their bidding, and no one seems to have a problem with it.

But what the children who have bought this gun control load of crap don’t comprehend is that the lying dems don’t want to actually do anything. How can I say such a think? We’ve all heard the heart-tugging speeches and interviews. The dems are serious this time! read more

Shocker: Leftist Wants to Abolish Second Amendment

from NewsBusters:

In an appearance on NBC’s Sunday Today early that morning, moderator Chuck Todd lambasted Republicans for being the reason gun control efforts were making no progress since they were in control of the House, Senate, and the Presidency. Todd ratcheted up his anti-gun stance during Meet the Press by promoting radical calls to abolish the right to bears by repealing the Second Amendment. And he did it by highlighting the writings of Bret Stephens, a never-Trumper turned liberal.

Isn’t the difficulty here legislatively, the constitution,” Todd lamented to his largely liberal panel. “Which is Bret Stephens’ point in The New York Times, he’s calling for the repeal of the Second Amendment.” He then emphatically read from the liberal’s talking points: read more