Leftists have long been enemies of the Second Amendment.
Calls for the complete ban of firearms are not uncommon, with comparatively mild ideas like magazine size restriction and specific model bans becoming increasingly championed by the left.
Now, possibly one of the most underhanded ideas yet is being floated by big-name Democrats and others.
Notice the similarities in the tweets below?
Beto O’Rourke: “If you own an AR-15, keep it. Continue to use it responsibly and safely. I just don’t think that we need to sell anymore weapons of war into this public.” pic.twitter.com/uqMA1jWOTf
— The Hill (@thehill) March 17, 2019
As a longtime gun owner and supporter of the Second Amendment, I agreed with the Supreme Court’s “Heller” holding that concluded Americans had the right to keep and bear arms. But that constitutional protection did not, and will not, extend to guns designed as weapons of war.
— Joe Scarborough (@JoeNBC) March 18, 2019
We need a president who will stand up to the gun lobby. We had an assault weapons ban once, and we should have it again. These weapons of war do not belong on our streets, in our schools, or at our houses of worship. This is a fight I will take on as president.
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) March 18, 2019
At least two Democratic 2020 hopefuls and a television personality are now parroting the “weapons of war” argument, in what might seem like an innocuous attempt to remove powerful weapons from the streets.
Unfortunately, this argument is not only dishonest, but it could lead to a stricter weapons ban than voters realize.
The first and most obvious candidate for the proposed ban is the AR-15. Used in several mass shootings, this is the go-to boogeyman for the left when the subject of firearms arises. But AR-15 rifles and others patterned after them are not the only weapons “designed for war.”
Some other weapons that would fall under the left’s definition of a gun produced for war are listed below.
The ‘Brown Bess’
The Land Pattern Musket, mostly known by its “Brown Bess” nickname, is a smoothbore musket used extensively by the British Empire in its wars across the globe. This muzzle-loader fought in countless conflicts as a standard-issue arm, without a doubt earning the title “weapon of war.”
Never mind that this rifle takes up to a minute to load and that it has a snowball’s chance in hell of hitting a man-sized target at 100 yards; it was the rifle that helped pacify the world during the conquests of the British Empire and therefore remains a deadly weapon.
Most firearms collectors own one of these bolt-action Russian rifles, which could often be found for $100 up until recently. Originally designed to modernize and standardize the aging Russian military arms, this is yet another “weapon of war” that’s seen action in bloodshed around the world.
Manufactured in large numbers during the era of the Soviet Union, users often need the upper body strength of an Olympic weightlifter to cycle through the five-round magazine thanks to laughably loose communist factory tolerances.
The M1 Garand
Although prohibitively expensive for the casual collector, this firearm remains the dream gun of many. Produced in large numbers for the United States during World War II, this semiautomatic is yet another “weapon of war” capable of killing.
The Winchester Model 1897
Not even shotgun enthusiasts will be able to escape this ban.
The Winchester Model 1897, also known by its World War I moniker of “trench gun,” was so feared by the enemy that the German high command issued an ultimatum that American forces abandon the use of the weapon. If anything is a prime candidate for leftist fear-mongering, this is it.
This list is in no way exhaustive. If every “weapon of war” were to be listed here, you’d likely be reading well into next week.
The left will try every underhanded tactic to remove Americans’ right to own firearms. Scare tactics like this may lull some into a false sense of security, but there is no doubt that their assault on constitutional rights will not stop at “weapons of war.”
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