Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Recently, the Obama administration announced they were going to attempt to reinstate the Federal Assaults Weapons Ban (AWB) that was passed by Congress and signed by President Clinton on September 13, 1994. The ban called for the prohibition of "look likes" of real military weapons for 10 years -- President Bush let the ban lapse since he apparently knew this was one of the most worthless laws ever created. Keep reading and find out why.
What's the difference between a semi-automatic .223 hunting rifle and a .223 civilian "assault rifle"?
For the most part -- cosmetics.
An AR-15 "assault rifle" will look like an M-16 military rifle, but it is a single fire, semi-automatic rifle and in most cases, less accurate than a semi-automatic .223 hunting rifle. This is why every single person that owns a civilian "assault rifle" knows how stupid this proposed ban is. It is merely political grandstanding. Obama is perhaps attempting to "please" his own liberal base, which for the most part are not educated enough to differentiate that the ban being tossed around and being debated on is to ban paint color, molding, and magazine type.
The fact is -- fully automatic weapons and machine guns in the United States are already banned!
Please share the knowledge to your friends so they can no longer be ignorant.
Tell your friends. Educate them so before they open their mouth about the "assault rifle ban" they do not look like an idiot in front of a gun owner. There is no major differences between a hunting rifle and civilian assault rifles. Only cosmetics. Fully automatic rifles are already banned for civilians. Let's tell our senators and representatives to stop wasting our tax dollars with all the useless speeches, ink, paper, and congressional salary on cosmetic "assault rifles" debates. Please work on real problems like you know...the recession?
The real debate.
The folks pushing for the ban that are not ignorant should just come out instead of hiding in the closet. Bring the real reason why you want to have the ban. Just say the question: Should civilians be allowed to own guns? Should only the government and criminals have them? That is the true debate. Government will always have guns to keep peace and respond to criminal disturbances within 5-10 minutes in most U.S. cities. Criminals will always have guns because they don't respect the law and criminals can make a gun with a simple machine shop.
If gun violence is what we are trying to stomp out -- address the root cause: the fallen nature of man. He is sinful and without the Holy Spirit, he has the capability to murder. Address the root cause and you will never have violence issues in society. And even if the knowledge of how to create a gun is gone from man, you can always kill with cars, knives, swords, rocks, bats, kung fu, hands, feet, cyanide, fire, etc. Are we going to ban those too?
And if someone smart is reading this wants to dabble with statistics and deaths related to guns...we should criminalize fried foods and junk foods (heart attacks), cars, tobacco and alcohol first before we even get to banning guns. :-)
Spread the knowledge, let's stomp out ignorance. Share this link: http://www.donsausa.com/2009/02/obamas-assault-rifle-weapons-ban-is.html.
Saturday, February 21, 2009
Today, I had my Sabbath service at the Seventh-Day Adventist church in Pasay City, Metro Manila with my wife and my baby Kaycee. It was a bit hot inside so I left as soon as the sermon was over, but the message stuck to me today. I don't even really remember the title and for the most part, the pillars of the church covered the PowerPoint presentation. But the core message, which was based on Psalms 90, stuck to me...enough to write about it.
God gave us this precious life, this precious gift called time. Most of us will average to live around 75 years, that's roughly about 27,375 days. So if you are 20 years old, you have roughly 20,000 days to live. If you are 30 years old, you have 16,425 days to live. If you are 40 years old, that's about 12,775 days to live. If you are 50 years old, you only have 9,125 days to live.
The message of the sermon was pretty clear, count your days and be responsible for it -- because your time is short on this earth. While I cling to the promise of eternal life through Jesus' sacrifice on the Cross, I realized today to pause and appreciate the precious time that have been given on this earth. As I travel through the passage of time, and as my kids (baby Kaycee and the future baby Don) some day grow up -- I hope they learn this lesson at an early age: Count the days of your life, so you can always know how precious it is.