Assault weapons like the AR-15 and cal. .50 guns, have no legitimate use in the civilian world, any more than tanks do.
Photo Insert: The so-called militias that claim that title are unregulated and rabidly political, contrary to the tradition that the military or militia be above partisanship.
They need to be restricted to the military alone, argued Doug McGraw, a bemedaled Vietnam War veteran, and former sociology professor, in an opinion piece for Kansas City Star.
John Paul Stevens, a former Supreme Court justice, argued in 2018 that we should repeal the Second Amendment, obviously impressed with the marches against mass killing, and asked lawmakers to enact legislation prohibiting civilian ownership of semiautomatic weapons, increasing the minimum age to buy a gun from 18 to 21 years old, and establishing more comprehensive background checks on all purchasers of firearms.
However, to be effective, gun reform laws must be anchored on a repeal of the Second Amendment.
Concern that a national standing army might pose a threat to the security of the separate states led to the adoption of that amendment, Stevens said, which provides that “a well-regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.’ Today that concern is a relic of the 18th century.”
It is worth noting that a “well-regulated militia” is what we today call the National Guard. The so-called militias that claim that title are unregulated and rabidly political, contrary to the tradition that the military or militia be above partisanship, McGraw concluded.