The statement was made in this forum, that the 2nd Amendement
guarantees your right to be as well armed as the government. Gee, I
hope not. I don't want private citizens to have landmines, rocket
launchers, machine guns, etc. It's the sentiment behind this statement
that bothers me. It implies that some people are seriously thinking about
an armed rebellion against their elected government.
As far as police officers having military weapons in their patrol cars,
this is not so. Most communities have no extra weapons in the patrol cars,
so the officer has only a handgun and a bullet proof vest, which is not
bullet proof against high powered rifle slugs.
The following items are currently available, and legal for you to own in
most states: gas masks, modern helmets, bullet proof body armour for
your chest, back, upper arms, hips, and thighs, .50 cal. sniper rifles that
can penetrate a bullet proof vest at a range of 3,000 feet, or a car door
at 1,000 feet, and all kinds of military rifles with larger clips than even those
used by our military.
Less than 15 years ago, two men staged an armed robbery of a bank
in Los Angeles. The responding police were helpless. The robbers had
full body armour from their knees to their chins, helmets, gas masks, and
assault rifles with hundreds of rounds of ammo. Several policemen were
wounded, and several police cars were disabled. Finally, two policemen
went to a nearby sporting goods store and commandeered two high
powered hunting rifles. Using these, they were able to wound both men,
and stop a gun fight that had lasted more than 45 minutes.
There is no excuse for this kind of firepower to be in the hands of
any private citizen. There is no legitimate peaceful use for body armor,
gas masks, helmets, AK-47's and other assault weapons, or large
You can defend your home and family with a handgun, bolt action
or lever action rifle, or a shotgun. You cannot seriously believe that
you need the same firepower for your home that our army used in
firefights with the Viet Cong, or has used recently against the Iraqi
Army, or insurgents in Afghanistan.