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Why do I need an assault rifle?

Why do I need an assault rifle you ask? I don't need it for hunting. I don't need it for home protection from a single invader, or even two. So I echo the sentiment of many gun control advocates; Why do I need an assault rifle, with a high capacity clip no less?

Here is why. I need an assault rifle because I live under the rule of a government who thinks it has the right to take away my assault rifle; a government who dictates who I can marry, what I can eat, drink, and smoke; a government who uses force to take my money away from me, who charges me rent (property tax) to live in my own home: a government who commits acts of war without the consent of the people, who murders it's own citizens witout probable cause or due process; a government who has monopolized the currency with which I can trade my goods and services, then devalued that currency through inflation and taxation; a government which uses the tyranny of democracy rather than the freedom of a republic.

To put it bluntly, I need an assault rifle in the event that I might have to declare my independence from a tyrannical government. I'm statistically unlikely to ever shoot an intruder in my home. I'm statistically unlikely to ever be in the position to stop one of these rare mass killings at a school, as these things happen far less often than the media would have you believe. However, whether you are Democrat or Republican, you can easily find countless instances of the government stepping all over your rights, whether it be on social issues (marriage, gay rights, religious rights, etc.) or fiscal issues (taxation, property rights, business regulations, etc.)

So, how likely is it you will use your assault rifle to prevent a school shooting? Not very likely at all. However, how likely is it that you will need your assault rifle for the purpose of protecting your rights from a tyrannical government? Well, the fact that we are having this conversation not only shows that it is increasingly likely, but it also clearly demonstrates the reason why the right to bear arms is unalienable.

When a tyrannical government uses it's assault rifles to take away my rights, it would be beyond immoral to expect me to defend those rights with my grandpa's shotgun. That is why I need an assault rifle.



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I believe you are thinking of the

Swiss. Except in Switzerland they take it up a notch and the government actually gives you an assault rifle on your 18th birthday.

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    I think the idea that an

    I think the idea that an assualt rifle is going to help you defend yourself against our government is hilarious.

    This government has nuclear weapons. They have weapons you cannot imagine. They have security personnel who are many more times proficient at handling firearms than you are.

    If the government ever came after you, justly or injustly, you'd have no chance.

    Plan for eliminating the national debt in 10-20 years:

    Overview: http://rolexian.wordpress.com/2010/09/12/my-plan-for-reducin...

    Specific cuts; defense spending: http://rolexian.wordpress.com/2011/01/03/more-detailed-look-a

    Personally

    I would prefer to shake one of these tyrants hands at some political gathering, smile at him and when he turns his back break his neck, that way they could not say guns are evil, and I would be killing the guy telling the military where to point their guns. And yes that can happen fast enough that his body guards could not react in time.

    Governments are made of mere

    Governments are made of mere mortals, we arent battling skynet.

    Now that you mention it...

    ...add skynet to the list of potential reasons I need an assault rifle.

    Free market capitalism isn't right for America because it works better. It's right because it's free (and it works better).

    There have been revolutions

    There have been revolutions in tunisia, lybia, egypt, and the government in syria is about to be defeated. Governments can be overthrown in the 21st century. Keep in mind that many of our troops will join the revolution if it is being fought to preserve the constitution. They have sworn an oath to do so.

    The United States is not only

    The United States is not only much more free than those countries, but is also much more powerful.

    Your concerns might be shared by me; your definition of government abuses might be shared by me....but they aren't shared by the vast, vast majority of the population.

    When it crosses a tipping point for people like you and me, it won't have crossed a tipping point for 98% of the country...which will have no problem giving government the authority to squash us...

    Plan for eliminating the national debt in 10-20 years:

    Overview: http://rolexian.wordpress.com/2010/09/12/my-plan-for-reducin...

    Specific cuts; defense spending: http://rolexian.wordpress.com/2011/01/03/more-detailed-look-a

    I agree that 2% is not enough

    I agree that 2% is not enough to make a change in government but I believe a lot more people than that do not want to give up their guns.

    I disagree. Yes, a government

    I disagree. Yes, a government could be foolish enough to nuke the entire population, but then who would be left to rule over? A government might get away with killing or imprisoning a few "unruly" citizens among an unarmed population, but if the people are armed, and if they resist... how do you expect a government that runs over the people wholesale to maintain any kind of support? Information travels too quickly these days for any government to be able to get away with that cleanly.

    I'm not talking a full-scale

    I'm not talking a full-scale revolt (that, hell, is more likely to happen if government stopped handing out welfare checks).

    The government could wipe out pockets of rebellion, enjoying full support.

    Plan for eliminating the national debt in 10-20 years:

    Overview: http://rolexian.wordpress.com/2010/09/12/my-plan-for-reducin...

    Specific cuts; defense spending: http://rolexian.wordpress.com/2011/01/03/more-detailed-look-a

    So I would naturaly assume...

    that when the dust settles, we'll find you cowering with your head in the sand...

    When Fascism goes to sleep, it checks under the bed for Ron Paul!

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    I think you're a coward

    The whole world said the yankees had no chance against the British Empire too, but the American Revolution still happened.

    The individual who refuses to defend his rights when called by his Government, deserves to be a slave, and must be punished as an enemy of his country and friend to her foe. - Andrew Jackson

    The point of a revolution in

    The point of a revolution in this country would be to overthrow the American government, not a foreign power.

    The British empire gave up on a small part of its empire because it became too costly to maintain the fight. I can't imagine that happening with the US government.

    Plan for eliminating the national debt in 10-20 years:

    Overview: http://rolexian.wordpress.com/2010/09/12/my-plan-for-reducin...

    Specific cuts; defense spending: http://rolexian.wordpress.com/2011/01/03/more-detailed-look-a

    Britain was not a "foreign

    Britain was not a "foreign power" before the Revolution.

    If they wouldn't be of any help

    then why do so many in government constantly advocate disarming of the population?

    (Hopefully) No one here thinks that an AK would defend against an ICBM, but it WILL make cops and other agents think twice before they try serving a "no-knock" warrant.

    The more government employees who decide that the risk (getting injured or killed) may not be worth the reward (plunder of the American people) anymore, the more the scales tip on the favor of the people.

    Even if none of the above applied, for many it's not just about defending against government, but from other Americans.

    edit: typo

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    Say what?

    I guess you didn't know that there are more former Marines in the country than current Marines, And more veterans in general than active duty for all branches. I happen to be a former Marine (and I'm only 31, still in my prime) very proficient in handling firearms. A government with nukes can't control it's population by nuking it's population. So the idea that they have all these great weapons really doesn't mean much. An out of control government is not likely to try to take my rights by nuking me. However, they are likely to try using small arms, against which my small arms are perfectly sufficient.

    Free market capitalism isn't right for America because it works better. It's right because it's free (and it works better).

    Vote this up!

    Pass it along and let's send a message. The police state is coming. Vets and cops will have to decide who's side they are on. They'll probably crush us...but our deaths will embolden those that remain. We were not created in the image of God to be treated as cattle. Do not fear...feedom and love will ultimately prevail!

    Brothers!

    “Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.”
    - President John F. Kennedy

    :Yes, everyone should have one (or more) weapons for defense

    Great job, Snakepit!

    "Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not." (Dr. Seuss)

    Sounds like you don't need an 'assault' rifle at all...

    but rather a 'defense' rifle! ;)

    Like another poster earlier today said, it all starts with vocabulary. Calling them 'assault' weapons makes them far too easy to demonize.

    But yeah, +1

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    Brilliant

    So simple, but effective. I didn't even think of that. I guess in teh war of words, we need to get something like "defense rifle" in the mainstream.

    Free market capitalism isn't right for America because it works better. It's right because it's free (and it works better).

    I forget who here said it

    but yeah, it immediately stuck with me.

    Now for a way to shoehorn it into the public lexicon...

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    Excellent! You forgot..

    to mention to protect yourself from a government that willfully supplies those very same weapons to Mexican drug cartels.

    You Need Firearms Because ...

    It is one of the many natural rights given to you by God, not government, to protect yourself and your family.

    You are a normal person if you discipline yourself and your love ones to know how and when to use firearms in self defense, to maintain them carefully and store them safely.

    Nobody has the right to tell you different, including any media tabloid fishmonger who has a socialist agenda.

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    Well said, snakepit22!

    Well said, snakepit22!

    It is easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled. – Mark Twain

    I wouldn't be against them banning them as long as they

    took all of them away from law enforcement and only issued them out to military when there was an active ground war.

    Who's they?

    and who gave "they" the authority to take guns away from even the military? Plus, someone would be in control of them when the military is not at war. Who gets to make that decision?

    Free market capitalism isn't right for America because it works better. It's right because it's free (and it works better).

    My dreamworld "they"

    I know it would never happen, just in my dreams.

    I will agree.

    That's the only way that I would even open such a line of thought in my mind.

    If guns are the issue then guns are the issue. It matters not who has them. All men are created equal. Government does not produce superior men, only men with an illusion of superior authority but still the men are equal therefore if guns are the problem then all men must be subject to the solution.

    *For PC men = human

    ... active ground war ...

    That was sanctioned Constitutionally.

    "By calling attention to 'a

    "By calling attention to 'a well regulated militia', the 'security' of the nation, and the right of each citizen 'to keep and bear arms', our founding fathers recognized the essentially civilian nature of our economy. Although it is extremely unlikely that the fears of governmental tyranny which gave rise to the Second Amendment will ever be a major danger to our nation, the Amendment still remains an important declaration of our basic civilian-military relationships, in which every citizen must be ready to participate in the defense of his country. For that reason, I believe the Second Amendment will always be important."

    -Senator John F. Kennedy, April 1960