I keep thinking oh man, I’m so immature. How am I allowed to be an adult.
Then I spend time with teenagers.
And it’s like, wow, okay, yeah. I am an adult. I am so adult. Look at me adulting all over the place.
Assault weapons is a total misnomer and simply a political term. For all intents and purposes, it’s propaganda.
I’ll keep this quick, cuz it’s getting late and I still have 3 more pages to write, so I’ll give you a couple points.
First, handguns are associated with almost all homicides and gun violence in America, so the concept of “assault weapons” being the big bad guy here is misunderstood. Not to say handguns are bad, because they’re amazing. Rifles and shotguns in this country are associated with such a low percentage of firearm violence it’s almost negligible.
Secondly, the Constitution has been written with the purpose of, and upheld in several court cases, allowing all Americans the right to own arms for personal protection, for resistance against oppression, and for protection of the country. Arms being a general word which technically means that handguns, shotguns, rifles, full-autos, SBRs and SBSs should all be uninfringed from ownership (although, unfortunately, that’s not the case). It’s basically the textbook definition of freedom. “Need” has no bearing on whether a person has the right to or not.
Thirdly, if you want to be truly effective in upholding the right and responsibility of protecting yourself, your country, and resisting oppression, you need the best tools for the job. So technically one could demonstrate their need to have whatever weapon they want.