EDITORS NOTE: When you have the right to do something, you don't need a reason to exercise that right; you simply choose to exercise that right or not. But for everyone else who needs it spelled out... here goes.
The same reason the police carry guns. To protect themselves from bad guys. Do you think only the police ever have an encounter with "the bad guys" during the course of a regular day? How do you think all the murderers and rapists got into prison? Did all of them attack only police officers or did they attack mostly regular people?
All handguns are semi-automatic, that's just how modern firearms are made, with the exception of those new handguns being made
in the "Revolver" style which is an extrordinarilly ancient technology from the 19th century and not very practical for modern needs. No one should be prevented from carrying at least a basic handgun with them wherever they go, at least equal to what the police carry while on duty.
HIGH CAPACITY MAGAZINE:
You might need to defend yourself against multiple attackers and it is easy to miss your target when you are under duress. Having extra ammo in your gun without having to stop to reload could save your life!
WHY EVERY AMERICAN HOUSEHOLD NEEDS
A MAGAZINE FED, SEMI-AUTOMATIC RIFLE!!!
(eg AK47 or AR15):
1. To deter a foreign army from invading, occupying or capturing any portion of the United States should the United States military be overrun or unable to defend every square inch of the country all at once. Well-armed citizens are the last line of defense against hostile invaders. History has proven that no army wants to invade a country where there is an armed indigenous citizen behind every blade of grass.
2. The ability for one person to defend life and livelihood against multiple threats at once when the local police or military is unwilling, or unable to protect you. (Looting, rioting or mobs of criminals that try to invade your home.)
3. Ever since the days of the Revolutionary War and even unto today, many of the best and most influential soldiers to serve the Military/Militia of the United States brought their shooting skills with them from home when they reported for duty.
4. American battle rifles are made by Americans, in America, for Americans. The "Black Rifle" industry is a HUGE sub-industry within the greater "Gun Industry" which in turn supports American small businesses and helps improve the economy of the United States.
5. To defend against sleeper cells. Neither a police department nor a national army, formed and regulated by the federal government cannot quickly and effectively respond to a large scale attack from a well-organized “sleeper cell” within the country which is suddenly activated. It would be naive to think that there are not already multiple groups of foreign nationals who have stock piled their own large cache of weapons and explosives within the United States who are prepared to launch quick strike, ground warfare attacks against high value targets such as nuclear power plants and other critical infrastructure targets. The point being that America may need to call upon private citizens to help defend their own homeland outside of an organized militia/military.
6. To maintain the ability to overthrow a tyrannical government or dictatorship should one of the aforementioned seize control of the United States, remove the freedoms of The People and enslave them., especially if United Nations troops are called in to pacify The People or neutralize resistance.
7. Any time a portion of the United States (in Arizona) is captured by an armed militia of foreign nationals and the government does nothing except to post signs telling Americans not to go into that particular portion of their own country because an enemy force is in there and they are very busy transporting drugs and human slaves in and out of our country.
Why Banning Pistol Grips on Rifles
This is in response to the gun ban crowd arguing that having a pistol grip on a rifle allows it to be fired from the waist/hip, which implies, according to them, that the rifle is much more dangerous.
This is another example of the gun ban crowd being influenced by the BS portrayal of firearms they see in the movies (eg Commando). You and I know that shooting a semi-automatic rifle from the hip is fun, but it also wastes a lot of ammo and you can't hit much of anything.
Traditional rifle stocks were designed for ease of manufacturing and not to be ergonomically correct. The amount of wood which would be required from a single billet of wood to carve out a rifle stock WITH a pistol grip would be at least four times as large as what would be needed for one traditional rifle stock.
Not only that, but the pistol grip portion of a rifle stock fashioned from a single billet of wood would be extremely fragile and at great risk of breaking off. The technology to overcome that weakness did not exist then and it does not exist now. Wood is a natural product which grows from the ground and it has limitations as to what you can make out of it. So, in other words, making an ergonomically correct rifle stock from wood with a pistol grip is wholly impractical from all the different perspectives. Waste of resources, limitation of technology, extraordinary cost.
So why would banning pistol grips on rifles be unconstitutional? Simple. Firearms, which we are supposedly guaranteed to have a right to keep and bear, are intended to be operated by human beings. Human beings can not effectively operate firearms using "The Force" or any other means beyond the use of their arms, hands and fingers. Therefore it is not unreasonable to expect that a firearm should be manufactured in such a way that it would allow for an ergonomically correct way for arms, hands and fingers to grasp and operate a firearm, regardless of whether it is a pistol, rifle or shotgun. It is only as a result of modern technology that we are now able to manufacture a firearm (with a pistol grip) which is made from metal and plastic, which overcomes the limitations inherent with manufacturing them from wood. To permit firearms but prohibit them from being manufactured in a way properly suited to being operated by the use of the arm, hand and fingers is nonsense.
Please communicate this concept to your elected representatives who will be asked to consider a ban on pistol grips for semi-automatic firearms such as the AR15.
Is FREEDOM measured equally in each of the Amendments in the constitution? (aka The BIll of Rights?)
Do you need a permit from the government to SPEAK freely?
Since the Constitution and the Bill of Rights was written a long time before there was an Internet, wouldn't that mean that ONLY scribbling down your words onto homemade paper with a quill (feather) pen and a bottle of ink is protected by the 1st Amendment, and thus, a permit from the government to update your personal blog of Facebook page should be required?
If you answered NO to the two previous questions, then explain to me how the government has any right to grant or deny any of us permission to carry a gun in public when we have a 2nd Amendment? (ie Right to keep and bear arms or RTKABA)
The question rephrased in mathematical terms.
1st Amendment=Free Speech/Press= No Permit Required, is a valid formula,
2nd Amendment=RTKABA= No Permit Required,
should also be a valid argument, right?
WHEN WILL YOU NEED A GUN?
No one has the ability to know exactly when or where the next threat to human life may take place, but some places are more likely than others to require you to carry a gun.
Banks, Liquor Stores, 7-11s, ATM Machines, secluded parks/Forests and Parking Lots/Garages are all very typical places where the criminal element can strike. Don't forget about car jackings and home invasions either. These are all places where you will need a gun for self defense.
Farm/Ranch. City folks are absolutely clueless how far out in the wilderness their food comes from and that there are actually people who live out there. Wild animals are a constant reality and a 911 call will bring out the nearest Sheriff deputy in about 45 minutes or more. When you live that far out in the middle of nowhere, it is likely that you will need to go hunting for your own food and defend yourself against wild animals using one or more firearms.
Interstate Traveling. Enough said.
It is my right to carry a gun so I don't need a reason.
The government has no business knowing what kind of gun I have or telling me when and where I can carry it so long as I am minding my own business and not hurting anyone else.
The 2nd Amendment guarantees me the right to own an AR-15 with a 30 round magazine the same way that the 1st Amendment does not restrict my freedom of speech/press to only word of mouth or only a quill pen, ink and homemade paper.
When is it that you don't need a gun?