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At the time of this writ­ing, we are fresh off an­other heartwrench­ing school mass shoot­ing. And again, mil­i­tarystyle ri­fles and high-ca­pac­ity mag­a­zines are the top­ics of con­tention. I don’t have all the an­swers, but I know that we need real so­lu­tions, not knee-jerk re­ac­tions.

With all the laws that are bro­ken by the mass mur­der­ers, it de­fies logic to think that adding more laws will do any­thing to pre­vent evil peo­ple from com­mit­ting acts of evil.

Lead­ers need to find the root cause (or causes) of why this is hap­pen­ing and fix it, not leg­is­late or ban the tool used—be­cause the gun is just the tool. And, as we all know, if you take away the tool, peo­ple will just find an­other tool. The new tool is al­most al­ways worse than the pre­vi­ous tool; that’s just the way it works.

In­stead, we have so-called lead­ers in Wash­ing­ton, D.C., talk­ing again about as­sault weapons bans, high-ca­pac­ity mag­a­zine bans and bump-fire stock bans, as if ban­ning those things would have pre­vented any of the mass killings. Most of the talk comes from peo­ple not ed­u­cated about the sub­ject they’re talk­ing about.

The scary part—those peo­ple in D.C. talk­ing about ban­ning these ri­fles— are part of the very in­sti­tu­tion 2A was de­signed to pro­tect us against. Hmmm … I bet they’d like to take away the only real (or tan­gi­ble) thing pre­vent­ing their ab­so­lute power.

It’s trou­bling to see that a real so­lu­tion is not likely to hap­pen. The me­dia is largely anti-gun. They point to the NRA and pro-gun­ners and make ac­cu­sa­tions that we don’t want a con­ver­sa­tion. But what I see from anti-gun­ners isn’t a con­ver­sa­tion; it’s them dic­tat­ing a list of de­mands that all start with the word, “ban;” ban this, ban that.

I get en­joy­ment out of guns; it’s my recre­ation. I like to col­lect them, and I like to shoot them. I don’t drink much, I don’t smoke, and I don’t do drugs. I drink cof­fee, and I shoot guns. They also keep my fam­ily and me safe. And, as noted in 2A, they are there as a safe­guard against a tyran­ni­cal gov­ern­ment.

Per­haps you’re pro-gun, but you don’t own an AR15, so you don’t care if they get banned; maybe you’re even for ban­ning them. Ban­ning mil­i­tary-style semi-au­tos won’t fix any­thing, And, af­ter they get banned, when the next mass shoot­ing oc­curs, the anti-gun­ners will claim the bans didn’t go far enough. So, just know: They’ll be com­ing for all guns.

[Ed­i­tor’s note: In “Bi­pod Roundup: An In­vest­ment in Sta­bil­ity” (page 76 in the April 2018 is­sue of Gun World), B &T In­dus­tries’ B10-LW17 V8 At­las is listed with an MSRP of $320. The ac­tual MSRP is $280.] GW

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