Army of Mom

So this is how liberty dies ... with thunderous applause.

9.14.2004

Assault Weapons Ban Comes to an End

I really had no opinion about the AWB when it happened. Certainly it must be a good idea, I thought. Why would anyone need a weapon like that? Of course, I was also pro-Brady Bill, too. I was an official Democrat voting, pro-choice liberal. Yes, it is true. But, I have seen the light. I still straddle many fences, but I am one of the few people left on either side of politics that can be persuaded to change my opinions if you give me good information and support your beliefs with facts and statistics that I think make sense.

I was one of those people who thought the Second Amendment was sort of like the Old Testament is to many people. - OUTDATED. Those were good laws back then, but not today, I believed.

Then, everything changed on Dec. 10, 1994. My then-husband (the Uzz you see on here alot) was also a liberal like me. We were greeting family and happily anticipating baptizing the Pickle on Dec. 11. Then, we started getting threatening phone messages from his psycho brother-in-law. Uzz's sister left him and thought coming to the baptism would be a good way to get away from him while also sharing in our joy, but Psycho didn't like that. He told us that he hoped we were "right with the Lord" because he didn't want to think we'd go to hell after he killed us. We called the police and their solution was to leave our home and seek shelter elsewhere. Thanks, that is a relief to know that you're there to protect us.

So, Uzz - who hated guns - went to a friend of his whom was known to have a few. And, throughout the baptism and reception, Uzz was packing heat illegally. What else was he supposed to do? He wanted to protect his family and the police weren't going to be there with us. I'm sure they'd respond to the 911 call to clean up the blood and investigate.

After my divorce, I dated a few soldiers - men accustomed to handling firearms - before I met Army of Dad. He influenced me in many ways. He was a cop for a short time and knows how that system works. When he bought his first gun during the police academy, I really hated having it in the house. I worried that Pickle would find it and do something stupid. So, we taught him gun safety. What do you do if you find a gun? Don't touch it and go tell an adult. It took a bit before he learned it by heart, but he did learn it. He was able to touch the gun and feel it, so it wasn't like a forbidden fruit just calling him. We tested him a few times, too, (with no bullets in the gun) and he failed before he finally figured it out.

Now, Army of Dad is a CHL (concealed handgun license) holder and carries when he legally can - some bars, etc, where you can't have it. But, I feel safer when he has it and is with me. I think about the Luby's incident back in Killeen (where I met Army of Dad - we actually ate at that Luby's a few times - it is closed now). I think about the Wedgwood Baptist Church shooting about four or five years ago. Had an armed person been there, how differently that might have turned out. I think about a lot of things and I'm glad AoD is armed. He has taught me how to load and shoot a shotgun and I'm glad. I'd like to see some fucker try a home invasion on my house. I chased off my neighbor's ex-husband one night with my shotgun. Scared the shit out of her daughter, but by God, he was backing out of the driveway and saw me and the trusty ol' weapon and his tires spun a little quicker.

Still, I really had no opinion on the AWB. But, AoD changed some of my opinions in that matter. He has an SAR-1, an AK-47 clone. Seemed like overkill to me, but if it makes him happy, who cares? He has fun going out into the boonies and shooting targets with it, if nothing else.

Then, last night I had a dream as I drifted off to sleep thinking about what I would blog about the AWB. I dreamed that I was at some carnival type atmosphere and this King Kong-type monster was busting through and injuring people. I was unarmed, drinking iced tea out of an old mason jar. I threw it at the monster's head, but all I did was piss it off further. I kept wondering in my dream why no one shot it, but no one was armed. Then, as I was gathering my children and trying to get them to safety, I found blood on the streets in every direction, so I went towards this large building to seek refuge. As I get in there, I realize the monster is getting bigger and no one can stop it. It is killing people everywhere. More blood, more fear. No weapons anywhere. So, I find an old woman and a priest and ask them to protect my children. I instruct my oldest to watch out for them and I leave. I go home and find AoD's SAR-1 and then I hunted down this monster and killed him. I remember feeling like Rambo. I pumped this creature full of bullets and then shot him while he was down for good measure. He wasn't going to get up and kill another person. When I woke up, it was like having an epiphany. I think it is obvious what the dream means to me - sometimes you have to have the firepower to make peace.

Army of Dad had a few things to say about the AWB:
I have an SAR-1. It's an AK-47 clone. It functions similar to the original. It is semi-automatic only (one shot per trigger pull). If someone wants a reason why I have it, well it's no one's fucking business. If I had to give a reason, I'd say because it is fun to shoot and I intend to use it for hunting. It was legally purchased during the ban, yet it has no differences in its firepower and function from the banned weapons.

Our founding fathers saw that government will, if left to its own devices, become a tyrant. It is its nature. The Second Amendment is our fail safe. That is why we have the republic we do. That is why we have never, even in our darkest hours, succumbed and been enslaved. Many estimates show there to be 80 million gun owners in the US. No government, no military could ever hope to defeat a well armed populace. Look at the nations who have known tyranny. Hitler banned the private ownership of firearms. Does anyone really think they could have led 6 million Jews to the death camps if 1 out of 6 had guns!? Ditto the Russians, Chinese, Spanish, Italians, Cambodians, etc…

The Second Amendment guarantees my God given right to defend myself with an effective tool. Shit, golf clubs are involved in more crimes than so called assault weapons. Maybe we should outlaw cars in case someone tries to run from the police or drinks too much before driving … oh, but wait the Ford isn't inherently evil, well neither is a gun, any gun, no matter how "scary" it looks - even if it is a bonafide machine gun: more than one round fired per trigger pull. They are fun to shoot and I see no reason I should be denied ownership of a tool I got to use while in the military.

Now if you will excuse me I think I feel the need to look for some more high capacity magazines, should be a bit cheaper nowadays…
Army of Dad

Some links today about the end of the Assault Weapons Ban
http://www.ar15.com/
http://www.kimdutoit.com/dr/weblog.php?id=P4231
http://bloodletting.blog-city.com/read/816981.htm
http://www.nra.org/Article.aspx?id=886

I tried to put shots up here of AoD with his shotgun and our oldest shooting, but the pics are too big and I'm too IT-challenged to figure out how to resize them. Maybe in the coming days someone can help my non-technical ass figure it out and I'll post them.

16 Comments:

  • At 11:58 AM, September 14, 2004, Blogger Bane said…

    Yeah, I've been frantically trying to find a place that is now selling hi-cap Saiga mags for my AK clone. No luck so far. I have seen that the prices for hi-cap pistol mags are dropping like rocks.

    I don't hunt any more, so every gun I buy, I buy with the thought, first and foremost in my mind being "How efficently will this weapon kill a large crazy man?" My wife and I both carry illegally. It keeps us humble, knowing someone's potential death is in our hands.

     
  • At 1:10 PM, September 14, 2004, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Hi-cap pistol mags...hmm reminds me of when I bought my duty pistol. Hi-caps didn't come with it and would have cost a butt load more. As a police officer I was authorized to buy them post-ban, but the high cost stopped me. Hardly an effective way of protecting our nation's police officers. I bet Kerry would just call me a right wing nut job.

    I wonder how much they are for my pistol now...

     
  • At 1:11 PM, September 14, 2004, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Damn I keep forgetting to sign my posts.

    Army of Dad

     
  • At 1:40 PM, September 14, 2004, Blogger Bane said…

    Well, I've been buying hi-caps all through the ban...anything I want, for that matter, and legally. It just costs a buttload more to do it. I noticed today that 15 rounders for the Para Ordnance .45 have gone from over $100 to under $50. That's a good sign.
    I've got several 30 rounders for my 1911 and my P-85. I'm just having a bitch of a time finding hi-caps for my Saiga.

     
  • At 1:52 PM, September 14, 2004, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Have you tried asking for help in the forums at Kim's site?

    Army of Dad

     
  • At 3:20 PM, September 14, 2004, Blogger Uzz said…

    Maybe I'll look into getting a musket:-)

     
  • At 3:26 PM, September 14, 2004, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    A co-worker was shot in his home with an assault weapon three years ago. It was a random drive-by committed by two men in a car - one of whom purchased the weapon long-ago before Clinton's ban.

    Living in Chicago - and often visiting friends who live in nice areas (but with mandated scattered-site Section 8 housing) I can say I don't feel great about this ban being lifted. There's a lot of gun violence in too many of our neighborhoods. However, whether the lifting of the ban makes a big difference, who knows...

    I do know that participating in community meetings in my neighborhood and others - it's often come up that easy access to weapons is a gangbanger's dream.

    Darren

     
  • At 3:52 PM, September 14, 2004, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    From what I hear from former residents of Chicago and many of its surrounding 'burbs are some of the most gun unfriendly places in the country.

    Funny how places like Chicago, DC, New York, LA, etc... have the strictest gun laws and the highest violent crime rates. You could also look at the UK and Australia. Both have near total bans on private firearm ownership and both are struggling with horrible crime waves. Leads to a pretty clear conclusion, banning guns does not make people safer.

    These rifles are no different than hunting rifles that are identical in function. Heck the average deer rifle is MORE powerful than these "assault weapons". Just another bullshit feel good piece of crap, er, "legislation" that didn't accomplish what it set out to do, much less lower crime.

    Army of Dad

     
  • At 3:56 PM, September 14, 2004, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Gangbangers already have easy access to weapons, and it is already illegal for them to have any kind of guns (most are felons or dealing drugs making it illegal for them to possess firearms). Those laws worked real well so maybe we should just pass some more, yeah that will fix it this time.

    Army of Dad

    ps This is THE issue for me. Can you tell?

     
  • At 4:21 PM, September 14, 2004, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Yeah, I shudder to think at the possibility of increased crime in Chicago and New York, etc. as gun laws become more lax. But actually, I don't think it will have much of an impact - despite what my friend (a cop here) thinks. He's not thrilled - but agrees with me that the gangbangers are going to get their guns regardless.

    That's generally the violent crime - gangbangers killing gangbangers over drugs. Of course, there are pockets of Chicago any Chicagoan knows to avoid because it's just a zoo.

    I can't imagine living in some of those bad areas of New York and here in Chicago. It's weird - two of my favorite cities - and they both have a few drastically different faces. Chicago is really a dream city to me - it has it all - a mini-New York - but easier to navigate. But with the size comes added pockets of high crime - which generally serves to boost the numbers over smaller big cities.

    Just rambling here...

    Darren

     
  • At 7:47 AM, September 15, 2004, Blogger Jenny said…

    Great post! I haven't really had an opinion on the ban, but posts like this is great to read to inform me more on the issue. Now when it comes to the right to bare arms, that's a fighting matter for me LOL. I am all for gun ownership. When I hear people say the world would be safer if all guns were outlawed, I tell them the only people the law would stop is law biding citizens. Criminals will still get them. That's why they are criminals, they don't obey the laws.
    Great post. Very good points made. Thanks for informing me more about the Assualt Weapons Ban.

     
  • At 8:45 AM, September 15, 2004, Blogger Army of Mom said…

    Jenny, I'm glad to be of service. You probably have the same concerns that I do - safety for our children. There are ways to have guns around and be safe and the bad guys are going to get them whether it is legal or not. Most bad guys aren't supposed to even have guns legally, so why shouldn't we be able to protect ourselves? I've done a complete 360 on this issue from where I was 10 years ago.

     
  • At 8:59 AM, September 15, 2004, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    And thank God for that!

    Army of Dad

     
  • At 9:32 AM, September 15, 2004, Blogger Buck Dharma said…

    My two cents...
    As far as those who think the expiration of the assualt weapons ban will make weapons readily available to "criminals", DUH. Most criminals don't go into a sporting goods store to buy their weapons, they get them illegaly, they are criminals. Any comfort you felt from the "ban" was nothing more than a figment of your imagination. I don't remember criminals sitting on street corners sobbing about not being able to get a AK47 when the ban went into effect...they probably had no idea that one existed.
    Also, I'm in total agreement with AoD about the purpose of the 2nd amendment. It's the only real way to keep our government accountable.

     
  • At 1:13 PM, September 15, 2004, Blogger Bane said…

    I bought my first illegal firearms when I was a teen, from the trunk of a police cruiser. The two cops had quite a nice selection. It was in an alley behind the high school gym. Cops have the best dope, too.

     
  • At 11:19 PM, September 15, 2004, Blogger Army of Mom said…

    Little wonder why AoD isn't a cop anymore. He was too honest.

     

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