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The Tyranny Of Gun Control In Virginia

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We do not hear much about how Virginia is planning to name a large number of favorable weapons as what they call, “assault weapons.”  What is an assault weapon? What is the first definition of an assault weapon? Why did other weapons not originally Not defined as “assault weapons” get classified as “assault weapons”? Who made the decision to rename normal weapons as “assault weapons”? What is wrong with owning a weapon that has been wrongly classified as an “assault weapon”? Many questions have to be answered concerning the ideas of the term “assault weapon.”

Let us begin with the first definition of an “assault weapon.”

We will explore several definitions of the term, “Assault Rifle/Weapons”, from Wikipedia is the following:

Origin of term[edit]

The term assault rifle is generally attributed to Adolf Hitler, who, for propaganda purposes, used the German word Sturmgewehr (which translates to “assault rifle”) as the new name for the MP43, subsequently known as the Sturmgewehr 44 or StG 44.[6][8][9][10][11][12][13][14] However, other sources dispute that Hitler had much to do with coining the new name besides signing the production order.[15] The StG 44 is generally considered the first selective fire military rifle to popularize the assault rifle concept.[6][8] Today, the term assault rifle is used to define firearms sharing the same basic characteristics as the StG 44.[6][8] 

As shown above the original term of “Assault Rifle” refers to the German word, Sturmgewehr, meaning “Assault Rifle”. Given this very accurate definition, we clearly see that it was the Nazi, Adolph Hitler that first described the term, “Assault Rifle”. Nice to know that our politicians that stood in Congress and went to a World War to stop the Nazi ideologies are today using the very Nazi term used by Hitler to destroy peoples freedoms and in many cases lives> But we are just beginning here with the original term and where it came from. As a matter of fact, it was after the war that the first weapons laws were enacted and they were actually based upon the Nazi Weapons Laws, we will get in that a little later.

(See – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Assault_rifle)


The term “assault rifle” is sometimes conflated with the term “assault weapon”. According to the Associated Press Stylebook, the media should differentiate between “assault rifles”, which are capable of fully automatic firing, and “assault weapons”, which are semiautomatic and “not synonymous with assault rifle”.[94] In the U.S., civilian ownership of machine guns (and assault rifles) has been tightly regulated since 1934 under the National Firearms Act and since 1986 under the Firearm Owners Protection Act.[95]

Here we see mention of an “assault weapon” but in reality, nearly any item used to assault another person becomes an “assault weapon.” If someone used a common pencil as an object for an assault on another individual, that pencil becomes and “assault weapon” because it was used as a weapon in an assault. That is as basic as it gets to show the ridiculousness of using the term “assault weapon.” But it sounds bad and since assault weapon it sounds bad we must stop the use of it. At least that is what some people seem to believe, in that context, they follow the Nazi approach to gun control.

Let us explain a bit further.

In an article by G. Miles, Mr. Miles explains the difference and why. See below.

Misinformation. It’s everywhere. It is even more pervasive – and dangerous – when people who don’t understand what they are talking about try to teach other people what it is they don’t know themselves. Case in point: the assault rifle. Every time there is a tragic murder involving firearms reporters, politicians and even celebrities feel the need to share their opinions about guns. More often than not, these talking heads know nothing about the subject other than that a gun shoots bullets and that they can be deadly. What’s worse is that average Joes and Janes believe the misinformation and take it as fact, when in truth it’s not even close to being accurate.

First: AR does NOT stand for “Assault Rifle”

The “AR” in AR-15 is assumed to mean “assault rifle”. It does not. Period. Just because Piers Morgan or Oprah said that’s what it stands for it doesn’t mean that they are right. The “AR” comes from the firearms manufacturer Armalite. Those letters are used as a standard naming practice for their firearms. Just like the Ford F-150, the AR-15 is a specific model. While I’m not positive that the “F” stands for Ford (but it seems logical), I do know that the AR means nothing more than that it is a firearm model identifier. Just like there’s an F-250 and an F-350, there’s also an AR-10 and an AR-30. So, let’s stop referring to an AR-15 an “assault rifle”. It is not an assault rifle. 

Second: What is an Assault Rifle?

Now, that’s a smart question. An assault rifle is a rifle that:

  • has selectable firing modes
  • can fire in fully automatic mode

Select fire means that there is a switch to toggle between firing modes. One firing mode is called “semiautomatic”. Semiautomatic means that when the trigger is pulled, the following happens:

  1. A bullet is fired
  2. The spent bullet casing is ejected from the firearm
  3. The next bullet round is loaded into the firing chamber

That’s it. One trigger pull = one bullet fired. That’s semiautomatic. That is how most handguns work, how many rifles work and even how some shotguns work. Pull the trigger and one bullet comes out. Just one and only one. A firearm that fires one bullet at a time and loads the next round into the chamber is called a “semiautomatic” firearm. Semiautomatic rifles are NOT assault rifles.

Now, there is another firing mode that is called “fully automatic”. In the case of full auto firearms, when the trigger is pulled and held down, the firearm will shoot continuously until the trigger is released or until the gun runs out of ammunition. A fully automatic firearm is often referred to as a “machine gun”. Machine guns can be described as assault rifles.

Third: Machine Guns are NOT Readily Available to the Public

Once again, just because the news guy said it was a machine gun, it doesn’t mean he is right. Despite what most people have been led to believe, you can’t walk into any gun store and buy a machine gun. Don’t believe me? Try it. In order for a civilian to legally own a machine gun (aka – a REAL assault rifle), they have to obtain expensive permits and other documentation as well as pass federal, state and local screening processes. The vast majority of gun owners and NRA members do NOT own machine guns. The narrative spewed by the mainstream media and the liberal left saying otherwise is completely FALSE.”

Mr. Miles tells us what an “assault weapon” really is, a weapon that fires in different selections that range from fully automatic to semi-automatic. Here it is also noted that any weapon that fires more than one round per finger pull cannot be sold to people on the street without a very deep background check, and a very high price tax to own the weapon. A fully automatic weapon has restrictions that only people with Federal Firearm licenses may buy.

Let’s take a look at what happened in Athens, Tennessee when people actually used their rights to own guns to make sure voting was done right.

Many are asking the question “Why should we allow guns?” Those who want gun control at the levels that Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) has put forth have the idea that citizens do not need certain types of weapons. However, those same people will be very quick to say that our government will never turn on the very people they intend on keeping from acquiring these arms. Just by placing the “assault weapons ban” bill on the record, Senator Feinstein has violated the Oath of her office and, as such, has committed an act of treason.

Now, back in 1946, a local sheriff had developed a political machine that had taken over the area known as Athens, Tennessee. The political machine had forced people to leave the voting booth, and those who opposed them faced a beating for their opposition. Now had the gun control ideology of present-day been in effect in 1946, the people of Athens would not have been able to take back the ballot boxes that were about to be filled with fraudulent ballots by those who had taken over the town of Athens. There is a plaque showing that a number of World War 2 veterans stood up for their fundamental rights of a fair election; but this was done due to a very powerful part of the United States Constitution, the Second Amendment. An interesting video was made about this action taken by the Citizens of Athens, Tennessee, which displays that the government not only can, but did, go way out of control.

You can go to this link to learn all about the battle of Athens, Tennessee.

The video above should not only be watched but shown to all who have the false idea that the government would not go beyond the law.

Many people will quickly and wrongly say that the Second Amendment was never meant to allow people to have weapons like those now attempting to be banned, but they are totally wrong. When we look back at many of the statements by the men who started the United States and signed the Constitution, we see the exact opposite of what is being put forth in the legislative process today.

“(The Constitution preserves) the advantage of being armed which Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation… (Where) the governments are afraid to trust the people with arms.” –James Madison

“The right of the people to keep and bear…arms shall not be infringed. A well-regulated militia, composed of the people, trained to arms, is the best and most natural defense of a free country…” –James Madison, I Annals of Congress 434 (June 8, 1789)

“A free people ought not only to be armed, but disciplined; to which end a uniform and well-digested plan is requisite; and their safety and interest require that they should promote such manufactories as tend to render them independent of others for essential, particularly military, supplies.” – George Washington

“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.” – Thomas Jefferson

“Those who beat their swords into plowshares usually end up plowing for those who didn’t.” – Ben Franklin

“When governments fear the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny. The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.” – Thomas Jefferson

“The best we can hope for concerning the people at large is that they be properly armed.” – Alexander Hamilton, The Federalist Papers

These great men either wrote, signed, or fought for the Constitution of the United States, and their words show clearly what they had in mind with the Second Amendment. It was with such forethought that they knew that if the people were properly armed, they would “preserve” liberty and freedom. This cannot be denied, and any individual who acts against the Second Amendment acts in a way that should be declared as treason against the very Constitution they took an oath to “support and defend”!

It has come down to “We the People” to preserve the founders’ ideology and not be drawn into the extreme, Socialistic views of the far-left “progressive” party.

While the issue in Athens, Tennessee was about a ballot box and fraudulent voting, the issue in America today is about much more; and there is far more at stake. However, in the end, the same problem exists; there are lawless men and women who wish to force their ideology on the people by undermining and even directly attacking the United States Constitution.

Today, the government in Virginia is going to take the same kind of action that the German Nazis did before and during World War 2.

“WE THE PEOPLE” have a right that was given to us by our Creator and protected by the Constitution to own weapons, even if they may “look” like assault weapons. It does not matter what they may look like nor is it about how many rounds they can fire.  It comes down to the government confiscating weapons from people that paid good money and legally obtained them who have not violated the law. The government does not have superior rights over the citizens.  All state laws and constitutions were developed from the United States Constitution and to change that just for the sake of confiscating legal weapons is not and never was what the founders of our great nation wanted.

Today, the people in Virginia are worried about becoming criminals soon due to a group of people they elected wanting to disarm them and place them in jail if they do not comply. Why should citizens of any state be forced to turn in weapons they legally bought and paid for, went through a background check before obtaining them and doing everything right just to have elected officials declare they are criminals if they do not follow the orders of the government? That does not sound like freedom.  It sounds more like a Socialist/Communist state that wants to remove weapons from the citizens in order that they can then tell them what to do and command them to obey or else.

Our nation is better than that. Virginia is better than that. Maybe it is time to organize and get some recall petitions out and remove those who are getting ready to make criminals out of law-abiding citizens!

Article posted with permission from Leon Puissegur

Leon Puissegur

Leon Puissegur is a Disabled Vietnam Veteran with 3 children and 9 grandchildren. He has been married to the same wonderful lady for 43 years. He is an award-winning author and has been writing opinion pieces over the years and in just the last few years has written 4 books and a large number of articles on many sites. You can purchase his books at Amazon.
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