Changing perceptions and attitudes toward modern rifles.
Robert Strickler of Modern Musket has made a great point about modern rifles the article below. Enemies of the Second Amendment wish to limit rights to firearms that were in use around 1776. That is as logical as limiting free speech to the quill tipped pen and not extending it to radio, TV and the internet. Robert expands on this below:
The Second Amendment was included in the Bill of Rights to preserve our right to keep and bear modern firearms first and fore most for defensive purposes . In the late 18th Century when the Constitution was ratified, these firearms were primarily muskets; today they are modern rifles like the increasingly popular AR-15. Times and technologies have changed, however it is imperative that our freedoms remain the same.
The greatest threat that faces our Second Amendment freedoms are so-called “assault weapons” bans. These bans demonize many modern semi-automatic rifles including the AR-15, even though statistically they are rarely used in gun related crimes. Additionally, what is the difference between a rifle like a Ruger Mini-14 and your average AR-15? Essentially nothing except the AR-15 has wrongfully been labeled an “assault weapon” because of its ergonomic and cosmetic features. So considering these facts, why are these popular rifles being banned? The answer to this question should be very concerning to ALL gun owners.
If these symbolic, unconstitutional bans are permitted on common semi-automatic rifles simply because of their appearance, what will be next? Will scoped bolt action hunting rifles be labeled “sniper rifles” and be banned? Will all semi-automatic firearms, including handguns and shotguns be banned? These types of future bans could easily become reality if gun owners do not unite and oppose all infringements upon our Second Amendment freedoms.
It must be understood that so-called “assault weapons” bans heavily infringe upon the right of law-abiding Americans to keep and bear the very firearms the Second Amendment was written to protect. Present day rifles like the AR-15 are NOT “assault weapons,” they are simply modern muskets.