Sunday 16th December 2018

Firearms Training

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In the Vietnam war, American soldiers carried M-16  rifles with magazines capable of firing 20 rounds without reloading. Some soldiers made shade tree modifications to the M-16 magazines, which allowed them to fire 30 rounds without reloading.

Today, any American can buy an AR-15 with a magazine allowing them to fire 100 rounds or even 200 rounds without reloading. This requires no modification to the weapon, as purchased. The NRA says the AR-15 is not a military weapon.

I have been a hunter all of my life. I own firearms. I spent 8 years active duty Army, with 15 months of that in an artillery firing battery in Vietnam. I have no objection to other Americans having firearms. I am a former member of the NRA. But, a weapon that can fire 100 or 200 rounds without reloading is purely a military weapon. It has no purpose other than slaughtering human beings. No civilian has any need for or right to such a weapon. The NRA is dead wrong on this.

If you can’t bag a deer or a bear or protect your home with a 10 round magazine, you probably should seek some sort of firearms training.

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