In the aftermath of a remark made by Congressman Tom Suozzi (D-NY) to a group of constituents regarding the Second Amendment as a remedy against President Donald Trump, the congressman’s senior adviser may have defined precisely what the right to keep and bear arms is all about, and here’s a hint: It’s not about hunting.
According to Suozzi adviser Kim Devlin, as quoted by Fox News, “Taking a page from such great Americans as Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and Alexander Hamilton, Congressman Suozzi explained why our founding fathers created the Second Amendment as a way for citizens to fight back against a tyrannical government that does not follow the rule of law.”
Interestingly, according to the website politicsthatwork.com, Suozzi is a gun control supporter, which makes this even more interesting.
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Devlin’s quoted remark tends to refute something written several days ago by US News contributor Patrick Mondaca, a former military policeman, who argued that private citizens don’t need AR15 semi-auto rifles. And then he turns around and unintentionally provides the best reason to have one.
“Concealed handguns are simply no match against incoming high-velocity rifle fire,” he wrote.
Okay, then, the AR15 would be exactly the kind of firearm citizens need to fight “a tyrannical government that does not follow the rule of law,” as Devlin put it.
Semi-auto rifles, called “modern sporting rifles” or “MSRs,” have been in the news quite a lot since the tragedy in Florida. Gun prohibitionists have pulled out all the stops in an effort to sway public opinion toward legislation that bans them. The National Shooting Sports Foundation estimates there are some ten million MSRs in private hands and that may be a conservative number. Considering that rifles of any kind are used in a fraction of all homicides in any given year, this amounts to penalizing millions of people for crimes they didn’t commit.
Congressman Suozzi, according to Fox News, is taking a bit of heat for allegedly “promoting violence against President Trump.” That one will have to shake out a bit before it amounts to anything other than partisan sniping.