: "All Guns Are Machine Guns, Right? by Larry Pratt

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    WAGCEVP New Member

    May 25, 2003
    : "All Guns Are Machine Guns, Right? by Larry Pratt


    "All Guns Are Machine Guns, Right? by Larry Pratt



    By Larry Pratt
    July 9, 2003

    Much of the steam that is left in the drive to ban semi-automatic
    firearms seems to be fueled by a massive confusion of terms.

    The media has at times intentionally tried to mislead, at other
    times, the errors may have resulted from ignorance and confusion. The
    media takes itself very seriously, yet the best defense for them is
    ignorance. No wonder so many of the public are confused.

    The Clinton/Feinstein gun ban of 1994 affected guns frequently
    referred to as military-style assault weapons. What would peaceful
    citizens want with war guns?

    First of all, the founders of our country wanted the citizenry to be
    armed with the same firearms that every soldier would have. The
    Militia Act of 1792 said that every military-eligible male had to own
    a military rifle, military ammo, and have it at home. This is a far
    cry from the National Guard whose members use government rifles,
    government ammo and leave it all with the government when they go

    Peaceful citizens should own military, fully automatic assault rifles
    because peaceful citizens are part of the constitutional system of
    homeland security called the militia.

    The 1994 gun ban, however, has nothing to do with fully automatic
    military assault rifles. It deals with semi-automatic firearms, which
    fire only one bullet for each trigger pull. They are not used by a
    single military in the world.

    If you watched CNN recently, you would have seen a lie concocted by
    John Zarella of CNN and Broward County Sheriff Ken Jenne. The Sheriff
    fired a fully automatic machine gun and identified it as one of the
    weapons banned in 1994. Flat out not true. CNN
    subsequently "clarified" its report.

    A recent Doonesbury cartoon has the NRA's Wayne LaPierre testifying
    thusly: "Freedom means the right to bear automatic weapons! It would
    be the height of hypocrisy to deny the Iraqis the same sacred liberty
    that Congress is poised to restore to its own citizens."

    Doonesbury creator Garry Trudeau is wrong on two counts. The gun ban
    that is about to expire is a ban on semi-automatics, not machine

    Moreover, contrary to Trudeau's opinion, Iraqis are allowed by the
    American administration to own fully automatic machine guns, let
    alone, mere semi-automatics.

    A better presentation of the situation would have been to have depict
    a gun rights advocate asking Congress to repeal the semi-automatic
    ban along with all restrictions on real machine guns - for Americans,
    and not just Iraqis. Americans should be put on a par with the

    Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld stated recently that Baghdad is
    safer than is Washington DC. Media attention to the ideologically
    motivated targeting of American and British troops obscures what is
    not reported - the low incidence of murder in Baghdad.

    Of course, we have the same problem in he United States. Media
    coverage of murder during the last decade rose 500 percent, yet the
    murder rate declined almost 50 percent. Many Americans believed that
    crime was out of control, when in fact, quite the opposite was the

    If we get the ban on semi-automatics lifted, we still have work to
    do. Hopefully, one day the citizens of the victorious country will
    have as much freedom as the citizens of the defeated country!

    © 2003 Larry Pratt - All Rights Reserved

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    Larry Pratt has been Executive Director of Gun Owners of America for
    27 years. GOA is a national membership organization of 300,000
    Americans dedicated to promoting their second amendment freedom to
    keep and bear arms.

    GOA lobbies for the pro-gun position in Washington and is involved in
    firearm issues in the states. GOA's work includes providing legal
    assistance to those involved in lawsuits with the Bureau of Alcohol,
    Tobacco and Firearms, the federal firearms law enforcement agency.

    Pratt has appeared on numerous national radio and TV programs such as
    NBC's Today Show, CBS' Good Morning America, CNN's Crossfire and
    Larry King Live, Fox's Hannity & Colmes, MSNBC's Phil Donahue show
    and many others. He has debated Congressmen James Traficant, Jr. (D-
    OH), Charles Rangel (D-NY), Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY), Senator
    Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), and Vice President Al Gore, among others.
    His columns have appeared in newspapers across the country.

    He published a book, Armed People Victorious, in 1990 and was editor
    of a book, Safeguarding Liberty: The Constitution & Militias, 1995.
    His latest book, On the Firing Line: Essays in the Defense of Liberty
    was published in 2001.

    Pratt has held elective office in the state legislature of Virginia,
    serving in the House of Delegates. Pratt directs a number of other
    public interest organizations and serves as the Vice-Chairman of the
    American Institute for Cancer Research.

    The GOA web site is: http://gunowners.org. Pratt's weekly talk show
    Live Fire is archived there at: http://gunowners.org/radio.htm E-
  2. Shizamus

    Shizamus New Member

    Jun 27, 2001
    That is what these commies do best !

    Muddy up the waters with lies, deception and more lies !


  3. Shizamus

    Shizamus New Member

    Jun 27, 2001
    On second thought :

    Of course all guns are machined guns !!!!

    :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D
  4. SouthernMoss

    SouthernMoss *Admin Tech Staff*

    Jan 1, 2003
    SW MS

    Shiz, you're too much! [​IMG]

  5. Shizamus

    Shizamus New Member

    Jun 27, 2001
    All of MY guns are 'machined guns' !

    You betcha, i wouldn't have it any other way ! :D

    :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D
  6. Cow Caregiver

    Cow Caregiver New Member

    Mar 26, 2003
    Got a question?

    Ain't it the Vermont motto with the rattlesnake and "Live free or die?"
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