Being a history major I am familiar with our Constitution. Those who oppose common sense gun control should consider a few things.
First: The 2nd Amendment was written when the most advanced weapon was a muzzle loader that a proficient person could fire a few times per minute.
Second: The 2nd Amendment states in words to the effect: “In order to establish and maintain a well armed and disciplined militia, etc.” The purpose of the militia was to protect the settlers on the frontier where they were under attack by Indians.
In place of militias we have our National Guard and federal, state and local law enforcement agencies.
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Assault rifles are made to rapidly fire as many rounds as possible at an enemy. Any one with weapon experience can turn a semi automatic rifle into a fully automatic one in minutes. It is difficult to control assault weapons during rapid fire which makes them less desirable for hunting or as a target rifle.
When people comment about stopping terrorist from killing people by having more people with guns on their hip and shooting back, remember that having weapons being fired by inexperienced people in a panic, in a crowded environment is only going to result in more victims.
I have been a gun owner nearly all my life and believe in the 2nd Amendment. Being a veteran of nearly 30 years I am familiar with the purpose and capabilities of assault rifles. Lets apply common sense and get something done.