I’ve heard this question posed numerous times recently, both by the media and common individuals: “Why would anyone need a semiautomatic ‘assault” rifle?’” The question is often follow by, “You don’t need a 30-round “clip” for hunting.” The answer to that question is simple: The Second Amendment. The Second Amendment identified the citizen’s God-given right to self defense. Specifically, this right was identified by the framers neither for the citizen to engage in hunting (although this is certainly a proper use for a firearm), nor to defend his home against an intruder. The Second Amendment was placed into the Constitution to establish the citizen’s right (and duty) to defend himself against tyranny. Since the armies of modern tyrants use semi (and fully-automatic) weapons, it is only fair to recognize that the citizen be able to bear these arms. This isn’t an opinion; it is fact. Thomas Jefferson said:
“What country can preserve its liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance. Let them take arms.”
How can we be expected to fulfill our duty to resist tyranny, as outlined in the Declaration of Independence, if we cannot possess military-style weapons? What does a moral and law-abiding government have to fear with an armed populace? Don’t be fooled, the government knows the crime statistics. They know that 99.7% of the time, lawful gun owners never commit crimes with their firearms. The only reason they want to control your gun is so that they can control you.
In the United States, we have a Bill of Rights, not a Bill of Needs. We need many things to survive, like food, water, and shelter. Don’t we also need to defend ourselves against tyranny? Don’t we need to be able to defend ourselves against criminals? There is only one answer to this question: Yes. Many ignorant Americans, remaining unconvinced, still don’t understand the need. Again, there’s only one constitutional answer: Tyrants respond well to military-style weapons. Just ask King George. Somehow, this same ignorant American, too busy watching football and Dancing with the Stars, fail to note that history is often repeated; he or she is still not convinced that there is a need for citizens to bear arms. That’s this explanation is needed: America has a Bill of Rights, not a “Bill of of Needs.” You don’t need to look at pornography; you don’t need to read the latest vampire novel, and you don’t need to idly chatter with your friends. However, you have a right to engage in these activities. You have a right to keep and bear arms. God gave you this right, but He gave it to you because you need it.