Want assault weapons? Join the military

The Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution says: “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.” This is the basis for the National Rifle Association’s argument in support of ownership of assault rifles and high-capacity clips for assault rifles and pistols.

OK, let’s give them what they want. Let’s ask our president and Congress to pass a bill requiring all people who want to purchase one of these weapons to be required to join a branch of the U.S. military, go through basic training and serve six months on active duty.

When they are discharged from active duty, they must be part of their respective state National Guard as a member of the inactive reserve for a 20-year period and be subject to call up as needed. They would then be part of a “well-regulated militia” and have a reason to own one of these types of weapons.

I have hunted my entire adult life with shotguns and a deer rifle. I have never hunted with a assault rife, and I don’t know any hunter who does. A civilian does not need these types of weapons.

And please remember that the men who fought in the Revolutionary War did so with single-shot black-powder rifles, a far cry from today’s assault weapons.

Richard Gorman

Bayfield