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Why we need semiautomatic rifles with standard-capacity magazines


Katie Pavlich has done a great job covering Fast and Furious, and she now has an article on the gun control push.

Just to make sure you don't miss it, she points out the Republican representative Peter King needs education on why "assault weapons" are should not be thrown under the bus:
"I really don't know why people need assault weapons. I'm not a hunter but I understand people who want to hunt," Republican Rep. Peter King said on Morning Joe earlier this week. "I understand people who live in rough neighborhoods or have a small business and want to maintain a pistol to protect themselves as long as they're properly vetted and licensed. But an assault weapon? "
If you're going to contact him, be polite and explain that so-called "assault weapons" are a made up category and have no functional differences from other semiautomatic firearms.  Semiautomatic rifles with standard-size magazines are appropriate defensive weapons for home invasions with multiple attackers, as well as in temporary breakdowns of law and order such as the Katrina aftermath and the Los Angeles riots.  Since he's a New York representative, you might mention that hurricane Sandy is a recent reminder of how fragile the civil order can be in modern society.

It probably wouldn't be productive to remind him that "properly vetted and licensed" is not an appropriate precondition upon a Constitutional right as well as the fundamental right of self-defense, but you might as well do that too.

This entry was published 2013-01-10 18:34:22.0 by matthew@triggerfinger.org and last updated 2013-01-10 18:34:22.0. [Tweet]

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