Editor’s Note: The full title for the following article is “Modern Musket – Changing Perceptions and Attitudes Toward Modern Rifles”. It is written by Robert Hobbs of ModernMusket.com and it basically sums up exactly what Modern Musket is all about. We are glad to have Robert as a contributor because we feel that now, more than ever, Modern Musket’s message is an important one. ~Matt
The Second Amendment was included in the Bill of Rights to preserve our right to keep and bear modern firearms for defensive purposes. This includes the defense of your life from a criminal and the defense of your liberty from tyranny. In the late 18th Century when the Constitution was ratified, the primary long arms were muskets; today they are modern rifles like the increasingly popular AR-15. Indeed times and technologies have changed, however it is imperative that our freedoms remain the same.
Today, the greatest threat that faces our Second Amendment freedoms are so-called “assault weapons” bans. These bans demonize many modern semi-automatic rifles including the AR-15, even though statistically these rifles are rarely used in gun related crimes. This begs the question, “Why the AR-15?” What is the difference between a rifle like a Ruger Mini-14, which is generally not viewed as an assault weapon, and an average AR-15? The answer is essentially nothing except the AR-15 has wrongfully been labeled an “assault weapon” because of its ergonomic and cosmetic features. So, considering these facts, why are these popular rifles being banned? The answer to this question should be very concerning to ALL gun owners.
If these purely symbolic, unconstitutional bans are permitted on common semi-automatic rifles simply because of their appearance, what will be next? Will scoped bolt action hunting rifles be labeled “sniper rifles” and be banned? Will all semi-automatic firearms, including handguns and shotguns eventually be banned? These types of future bans could easily become a reality if gun owners do not unite and oppose all infringements upon our Second Amendment freedoms.
It must be understood that so-called “assault weapons” bans heavily infringe upon the right of law-abiding Americans to keep and bear the very firearms the Second Amendment is intended to protect. Present day rifles like the AR-15 are NOT “assault weapons,” they are simply modern muskets.
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