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At the time of this writing, we are fresh off another heart-wrenching school mass shooting. And again, military-style rifles and high-capacity magazines are the topics of contention. I don’t have all the answers, but I know that we need real solutions, not knee-jerk reactions.

With all the laws that are broken by the mass murderers, it defies logic to think that adding more laws will do anything to prevent evil people from committing acts of evil.

Leaders need to find the root cause (or causes) of why this is happening and fix it, not legislate or ban the tool used—because the gun is just the tool. And, as we all know, if you take away the tool, people will just find another tool. The new tool is almost always worse than the previous tool; that’s just the way it works.

Instead, we have so-called leaders in Washington, D.C., talking again about assault weapons bans, high-capacity magazine bans and bump-fire stock bans, as if banning those things would have prevented any of the mass killings. Most of the talk comes from people not educated about the subject they’re talking about.

The scary part—those people in D.C. talking about banning these rifles—are part of the very institution 2A was designed to protect us against. Hmmm … I bet they’d like to take away the only real (or tangible) thing preventing their absolute power.

It’s troubling to see that a real solution is not likely to happen. The media is largely anti-gun. They point to the NRA and pro-gunners and make accusations that we don’t want a conversation. But what I see from antigunners isn’t a conversation; it’s them dictating a list of demands that all start with the word, “ban;” ban this, ban that.

I get enjoyment out of guns; it’s my recreation. I like to collect them, and I like to shoot them. I don’t drink much, I don’t smoke, and I don’t do drugs. I drink coffee, and I shoot guns. They also keep my family and me safe. And, as noted in 2A, they are there as a safeguard against a tyrannical government.

Perhaps you’re pro-gun, but you don’t own an AR15, so you don’t care if they get banned; maybe you’re even for banning them. Banning military-style semiautos won’t fix anything, And, after they get banned, when the next mass shooting occurs, the anti-gunners will claim the bans didn’t go far enough. So, just know: They’ll be coming for all guns.

 

Editor’s notes: In “Bipod Roundup: An Investment in Stability” (page 76 in the April 2018 issue of Gun World), B&T Industries’ B10-LW17 V8 Atlas is listed with an MSRP of $320. The actual MSRP is $280.

A version of this article first appeared in the May 2018 print issue of Gun World Magazine.