GOP calls for broader gun rights, unlimited clips
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Republicans have strengthened the pro-gun-rights portion of their party platform, including a new call for unlimited bullet capacities in guns, in a defiant response to criticism that followed recent mass shootings at a Colorado cinema and an Arizona congresswoman’s gathering.
The 2012 platform, approved this week by GOP convention-goers who nominated Mitt Romney for president, also endorses “stand your ground” rights for gun owners. That legal concept, which says gun bearers don’t have to retreat if they feel threatened in a public place, drew national attention after February’s fatal shooting of an unarmed Florida teenager by a neighborhood watch volunteer.
Republicans traditionally embrace gun rights in their quadrennial party platforms. The one approved this week went farther than those of 2004 and 2008.
Gun control advocates see it as an audacious answer to calls for firearms restrictions after a gunman killed 12 people in Colorado last month, and another gunman killed six people in Tucson, Ariz., early last year. Gabrielle Giffords, then a Democratic congresswoman holding an outdoor meeting, was gravely wounded in the Tucson assault.
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GOP calls for broader gun rights, unlimited clips
Let’s talk about guns a bit; shall we?
The AP writer of this original piece is not a shooter, is NOT a gun person. How do I know you ask? Read the title to the story, GOP calls for broader gun rights, unlimited clips, NO REAL GUN PERSON ever calls a magazine a *clip*.
The is a *clip fed* weapon, it is a rifle, an M1 Garand to be precise, and it IS a *clip fed* weapon, that clip being restricted to a specific number of rounds due to the magazine being contained internally in the weapon.
This is a magazine for a *magazine fed* weapon
This is a pistol magazine, it is inserted into the grip of the pistol and is only limited in the number of rounds by the length OF the magazine, the manufacturers specifications or government regulation.
Many rifles are magazine fed, all so-called *assault rifles* are magazine fed.
Every time I read a gun post from the media and I see the word *CLIP* I know that the writer is a *no gun knowledge* twit. And I have, on occasion, heard supposed gun people call a magazine a clip. I immediately discount by at least 50% anything else they say concerning their *gun prowess* until they actually prove it to me.
I am happy to know that the GOP is at least lending *lip service* to Second Amendment issues, I hope they adhere to their words.
“Gun control only affects and penalizes law-abiding citizens,” the 2008 Republican platform said. This year’s platform adds: “We oppose legislation that is intended to restrict our Second Amendment rights by limiting the capacity of clips or magazines.”
An often repeated line is “When guns are outlawed only outlaws will have guns.”
That is the truth if it was ever spoken, and hammers home the “Gun control only affects and penalizes law-abiding citizens” line. Law breakers don’t care what the law is, it doesn’t apply to them, so they think, a GUN FREE ZONE is merely a suggestion and is considered a *target of opportunity* given the fact that only law abiding citizens will be in that GUN FREE ZONE unarmed.
The 2004 GOP platform said “law-abiding citizens” should have the right “to own firearms in their homes for self-defense.” This year’s platform supports “the fundamental right to self-defense wherever a law-abiding citizen has a legal right to be.”
It calls for federal laws “that would expand the exercise of that right by allowing those with state-issued carry permits to carry firearms in any state that issues such permits to its own residents.”
I don’t believe we need an addition of federal laws per se, just let the Second Amendment stand as written and leave LEGAL gun owners alone.
Dan Gross, president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, said that, by making these changes, Republican leaders have “put themselves farther out of touch with their constituents.”
His group supports bans on large-capacity weapons, which it says are “designed to shoot a lot of people quickly and efficiently.”
If a lot of people break into MY house, I want to have the ability to resolve the problem quickly and efficiently.
Let me give you an example; here in Rowlett, right now, we have a group of Black males, 4 individuals if all reports are correct, that are doing daylight *home invasions*. If the Rowlett P.D. doesn’t catch them, a well-armed citizen probably will. All of MY weapons are high capacity weapons, and given current circumstances, I wish they were ever higher capacity.
There is only one thing I have to say to the anti-gun crowd, including Dan Gross of the Brady Campaign; I sincerely hope you are never robbed, raped, burglarized, stalked or otherwise threatened. If you ever ARE the victim of a violent crime, and survive, I am guessing that you’ll change you anti-gun opinion.
If not, like the man said; “You can’t FIX stupid!”