Presidential hopeful, and former mayor, Pete Buttigieg claimed that ‘weapons of war’ were being bought and sold lawfully in the United States at Tuesday’s Democratic debate.
He couldn’t be any more wrong.
Like most Democrats that take jabs at the 2nd Amendment to garner support from the progressive left, Buttigieg is no different. We’ve seen it all from charged language to flat out lies being spread, and Buttigieg dropped a line likely aimed against AR-15s that’s easily debunked.
During the debate on Tuesday, Buttigieg stated:
“I think it wouldn’t be a bad idea for somebody to illustrate, from the perspective of the a veteran, why the kinds of weaponry, anything remotely like what I trained on in order to go serve in a war zone has no business being sold anywhere near an American school or church or neighbor.”
— The Daily Wire (@realDailyWire) February 26, 2020
Except, there’s nothing like what Buttigieg might have been issued in the Navy available to regular American citizens. Well, with the exception of the Beretta M9, but that’s a standard pistol.
No one can walk into a gun dealer and pick up a M4A1 5.56mm Carbine, because that’s a fully automatic weapon.
The same goes for the military spec of the MK16 SCAR, because once again – civilians can’t purchase weapons that are fully automatic.
Heck, civilians can’t even buy the Navy’s issue of the M16A2 5.56mm rifle, because that has a three-round burst fire option.
Everyone knows that candidates like Buttigieg are alluding to the boogeyman that leftists scream about – the AR-15.
The weapon shares a main similarity with any semi-automatic handgun on the market, because it’s one-trigger pull equals one round fired. That’s the difference between military grade weapons and the ones that are commercially available to the general public in America, the whole not being fully-automatic thing.
Now the military, at one point, had something close to the AR-15 during Vietnam. However, it wasn’t manufactured by ArmaLite and it was, once again, fully automatic.
Back when ArmaLite released the weapon design in the 1950s, it didn’t sell that well. So, ArmaLite sold the design to Colt, who turned it into the fully automatic M-16 and it became standard issue in 1963 during the wartime efforts.
After Colt crafted the M-16 based upon the design purchased from ArmaLite, Colt then released the semi-automatic version aptly called the AR-15.
Once that patent for the design expired in the 1970s, several gun manufacturers made their own knock-off designs of the AR-15. Somewhere along the way, every generic rifle that looked like a throwback to the Colt and ArmaLite semi-automatic rifles were referred to as an AR-15.
How exactly people started thinking the “AR” in AR-15 stood for “assault rifle” is a whole different can of worms.
Of course, it can mostly be pointed to an assumptive form of ignorance. The AR-15, and all it’s knock-offs, aren’t military grade weapons. There’s no accessible burst-fire or fully auto mode available to the general public.
Good luck, Mayor Pete. If you even get the Democratic nomination – which you won’t – you’d be running against a pro-gun President who is loved by massive numbers of Americans.
In January, with all the anti-gun rhetoric flying around in Virginia – between red flag laws and a legislative group stacked with people who don’t support the second amendment – President Donald Trump cut through the noise with an important message.
There won’t be any gun confiscation happening while he’s in charge.
While speaking at a rally on January 28th in Wildwood, New Jersey, the president made mention of the Democratic agenda in Virginia to restrict gun owners’ rights. His message to his supporters at the rally was that gun-grabs weren’t going to happen on his watch.
Roughly an hour into the speech, Trump addressed the crowd regarding the values he intends to protect while in office:
“We will defend privacy, free speech, religious Liberty, and the right to keep and bear arms, which is under siege.”
The crowd cheered in response, breaking out into a uniform chant of “USA, USA, USA!”
Trump then expanded on the current attacks that are threatening the rights expressed in the second amendment, specifically pointing out Virginia and Governor Northam’s latest push for gun control bills.
“By the way, our second amendment is under siege. In Virginia, they want to take your guns away. It’s just the beginning. Never going to happen as long as I’m President of the United States. That I can tell you.”
These sentiments that the president noted during the rally weren’t the first time he’s expressed concern of the ongoing moves to restrict gun rights in Virginia. On January 17th, Trump took to Twitter to state the following:
“Your 2nd Amendment is under very serious attack in the Great Commonwealth of Virginia. That’s what happens when you vote for Democrats, they will take your guns away. Republicans will win Virginia in 2020. Thank you Dems!”
President Trump didn’t just acknowledge the importance of the second amendment, but he also boasted his support for the amazing work law enforcement does every day:
“But above all, we will never stop fighting for the sacred values that bind us together as one America. We support, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States. We stand with the incredible heroes of law enforcement.”
Despite critics of the president, he’s not just spouting hyperbole and puffery with regard to defending the Constitution either. He’s been hard at work appointing judges to ensure that the Constitution is only construed as is:
“To uphold the rule of law, we have confirmed 191 brand new beautiful federal judges who will interpret the Constitution as written. And two great Supreme Court justices, two great ones.”
There were no punches pulled during the speech, as Trump also pointed out the status of various Democrat led states and the causes championed by the left:
“Democrats are now the party of high taxes, high crime, open borders, late term abortion, socialism, and blatant corruption. Look at what’s happening to their cities. Los Angeles, it’s so sad. What you see is so sad with the homeless and the way they don’t take care of the homeless.”
After making mention of also New York and San Francisco, the president flat-out said that Democrat cities are in shambles:
“You could take a look at what’s happening to our cities run by Democrats. It’s a disaster. They don’t know what the hell they’re doing.”
While the address was wrapping up, Trump thanked the attendees present while applauding their drive to help move America forward. He described the American people as a single unit or family that is collectively thriving. He left the crowd with the following closing remarks:
“We will make America strong again. We will make America proud again. We will make America safe again. And we will make America great again.”
Clearly, this president is looking out for not only gun rights – but is committed to protecting all rights afforded to Americans. Let’s hope that the administration will be able to combat state-run legislation that flirts with contradicting the Constitution.