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.