Assault Rifle Pros And Cons

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The term “assault rifle” was believed to be coined by the one and only notorious Adolf Hitler. Towards the end of World War II, he is believed to have invented the name based on the German word Sturmgewehr, which means “storm” or “assault.” Before machine guns were invented, soldiers stood in rows and shot at their enemy in synchronized rows. This method of fighting was deemed ineffective because of their range, speed, and accuracy. Because of this, inventors started to create different versions of these weapons, making alterations to the gun’s ammunition supply, loading style, and bullet type. It is from these weapons that today’s semi-automatic rifle was born (Williams). These guns have been the topic of controversy for many years because…show more content…
The amendment is referencing the freedom of people to form military groups and own guns, not just everyday men. The Second Amendment states: “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.” During this time period (around 1776), militias (meaning people who formed groups to protect themselves and their homes) were used because of the country’s lack of an organized military (“The Second Amendment”). In today’s society, America has several branches of defense, including the Army, Air Force, Navy, the police, and more. There is simply no reason for civilians to form militias when they have so many organizations to defend them. As previously stated, this amendment refers to the right of the people to form groups and have guns in order for a democracy to truly work. Another conflict with citing the Second Amendment as a piece of anti-gun control evidence is the lack of historical context when applying it to today’s gun controversy. The Second Amendment was passed on September 25th, 1789, and was ratified on December 15th, 1791 (Lund and Winkler). At the beginning of the 18th century, the flintlock was the predominant gun machinery (Battista). This blueprint was a smooth, long design for a gun (“Early Firearms History”). Reloading flintlocks was a long and cumbersome process, and they only shot one bullet at a time (Supica). On the contrary, the first semi-automatic rifle appeared in 1885. Likewise, in 1892, the semi-automatic pistol was introduced, and in 1902, the semi-automatic shotgun was first put to use in the public (“Semi-automatic Firearms”). If this amendment was ratified in 1791 and never modified, and semi-automatic guns made their debut in 1892, how could this Amendment be talking about the freedom to own
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