Is this to blame? Banning assault weapons a hot button topic; local residents speak out

 Posted on Wednesday, February 6, 2013 at 9:26 am

The AR-15 is just one of the many guns that may be placed on the potential ban list. Although the magazine size can be altered to fit the 10- bullet limit that may be passed, it's look is seemingly intimidating and deemed too excessive for the typical hunter.

The country seems to be in turmoil with all the violence taking place within the educational system today. After the tragedy that took place in Aurora, CO and then at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Ct. many are left wondering what, if anything, can they do to stop the violence?

In an effort to help find a long term solution, the idea has been placed on the table for stricter gun laws and bans on semi-automatic rifles such as the popular AR-15 and AK-47. The idea has also been discussed to lower the legal amount of ammunition that can be held in a clip. Another idea being thrown around is the possibility of doctors and physiologists having to report any mental illnesses they discover while treating a patient, although finding a way around the HIPPA Laws already in place has posed a difficult challenge.

Although it is clear the U.S. Government and the powers that be are diligently looking for any and all solutions to minimize these horrible acts of violence, many others have pleaded that the current ideas are clear violations of their second amendment rights, which protects the right of the people to keep and bear arms.

“Basically what we have right now is two opposing forces and as we look at the argument on the possible ban on assault weapons, which cannot truly be defined, it’s not about the weapon or the tool used, it’s about doing away with the very basic fundamental freedom granted to them by the citizens,” explains Liberty Arms owner Andrew Dodd. “The only power the federal government has is granted to it by the states and over the last 25-years there has been a shift in power, which is dangerous for us.”

Dodd’s went on to explain that the second amendment was put into place to help citizens protect themselves from any form of tyranny, whether foreign or domestic. Something he said was extremely important to the founders of this country as they had been under tyranny from English forces.

U.S. Representative Blaine Luetkemeyer, who is for the second amendment, explained that of right now most of the discussion on what could be or could not be banded is strictly rumors. However, in his personal opinion, Luetkemeyer said there are plenty of gun laws on the books.

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