Automatic, Semi-Automatic Weapons Belong In War Not Neighborhoods

By former 1st Lt. Buzz Davis

Those who have been trained in the infantry or served in combat know powerful weapons are designed for just one thing — killing, as fast and as many people as possible.

As a person who spent a year of his life learning how to kill people as an Army infantry officer, I know these weapons are dangerous to us and to the “enemy” (whoever is unfortunate enough to be called the enemy).

Whether it is an automatic or semi-automatic pistol or rifle, these weapons are used for spraying bullets at human beings like you can spray water all over a yard with a hose.

My experience at US forts and in S. Korea in 1969-70, is all weapons were kept locked in armories.  Even on guard duty soldiers were given weapons but not bullets.  Suicide, soldiers shooting soldiers in anger, or plain accidents happen.  Result the military locks up all weapons and only specific sergeants and officers in a unit have the keys to the armory.

The only Americans in our neighborhoods who need semi-automatic or machine guns or pistols are law enforcement.  Any man or woman thinking they need such weapons for protection is fooling themselves.  The powerful bullets spray far beyond the person or persons being shot at.  The bullets go thru the people shot, thru walls and go on to possibly kill neighbors, family members or people driving by.

These gun tragedies do NOT happen like this in other nations with strict weapons control laws.  (And also better mental health services).

Why is this happening in America?

Because we have the best government money can buy.  And most of our politicians have been bought!  Our politicians fear the NRA more than they fear the dictators of China, Russia and other dictatorships.

As often happens, the young lead us adults.  The high schoolers are right.  Ban selling, trading and possessing such weapons.  Pass a national law, give everyone who possesses such weapons a grace period to turn them in, track down all the sales via the paper trail and prosecute those who do not voluntarily turn in such weapons.

But first we need a new Congress.  “Bought” politicians cannot learn new tricks.  They must be shown the exit via the ballot box November 6th!

We need the youth in America to repeat a thousand times to us: “We Will Remember in November – right Mom?  No war weapons in our neighborhoods and schools! – right Dad?  We’re going to vote for candidates who promise “No War No More” in our neighborhoods and schools, right Grampa?  Can I go with you to the polls, Grandma?”

Buzz Davis, formerly of Stoughton, WI now of Tucson, is a long time progressive activist, a member of Veterans for Peace and a former VISTA Volunteer, Army officer, elected official, union organizer, impeachment organizer, former Exec.VP of WI Alliance for Retired Americans and a retired state government planner. dbuzzdavis@aol.com

34 Comments on "Automatic, Semi-Automatic Weapons Belong In War Not Neighborhoods"

  1. The Oracle of Tucson | March 13, 2018 at 12:14 am |

    Nothing original to add Buzz? Isn’t this just another regurgitated rehash of your tired argument from last week?

    The Oracle

  2. What, Again | March 13, 2018 at 4:39 am |

    “Our politicians fear the NRA…”

    The NRA doesn’t contribute a tenth of what the labor unions do proving your ignorance or spreading of FAKE NEWS.

    Our politicians fear the people who stand for the second amendment. Many of those are NRA members. You as a progressive/liberal/socialist/communist stand with those against the Constitution of the United States of America.

    • “A well-regulated militia…”

      Learn to read, knee jerk

      • What, Again | March 13, 2018 at 5:59 pm |

        Ever hear of the Supreme Court? Or don’t you recognize that as well as the Constitution.

        Educate yourself.

      • I have heard of the Supreme Court…here is an excerpt from one of the few decisions they have issued regarding the Second Amendment…

        U.S. v Miller (1939): In the absence of any evidence tending to show that possession or use of a “shotgun having a barrel of less than eighteen inches in length” at this time has some reasonable relationship to the preservation or efficiency of a well regulated militia, we cannot say that the Second Amendment guarantees the right to keep and bear such an instrument. Certainly it is not within judicial notice that this weapon is any part of the ordinary military equipment or that its use could contribute to the common defense.

        • What, Again | March 14, 2018 at 4:14 pm |

          You really should get current and stop embarrassing yourself.

          District of Columbia v. Heller, 554 U.S. 570 (2008), is a landmark case in which the Supreme Court of the United States held, in a 5–4 decision, that the Second Amendment protects an individual’s right to possess a firearm unconnected with service in a militia for traditionally lawful purposes, such as self-defense within the home, and that Washington, D.C.’s handgun ban and requirement that lawfully-owned rifles and shotguns be kept “unloaded and disassembled or bound by a trigger lock” violated this guarantee. It was also clearly stated that the right to bear arms is not unlimited and that guns and gun ownership would continue to be regulated. Due to Washington, D.C.’s special status as a federal district, the decision did not address the question of whether the Second Amendment’s protections are incorporated by the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment against the states,[1] which was addressed two years later by McDonald v. City of Chicago (2010) in which it was found that they are. It was the first Supreme Court case to decide whether the Second Amendment protects an individual right to keep and bear arms for self-defense.[2]

          https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/District_of_Columbia_v._Heller

  3. Hey Buzz, let me know if you find any automatic weapons in your neighborhood. Thought those were illegal, but they you seem to lump them all together. Can you own an automatic weapon, yes, but by the time you get done filling out the paperwork you won’t be able to shoot it. SSDD right Buzz.

  4. Why do progressives want to take away guns from law abiding citizens? Hitler was very proud that that was one of his accomplishments.

    • What, that old German Weapons Act of 1938 nonsense?

      Prove it. Translate the text, or find a translation from a legit source, and provide the excerpt to support your claim.

      • This is an old Jew hating argument used by national socialists. The reality is that Hitler expanded gun ownership for Germans who agreed with him. If you were a, “Subversive” you were not allowed to own a gun.

        Many people try to relate this to the U.S. not allowing Felons to own a gun. That sounds nice until you realize the definition of felon was not the same. Subversive turned out to be gypsies, Jews, etc.

        Think of it this way…the NRA doesn’t want mentally defective people to have guns. Sounds good. I agree. I will be the first to scream foul when they begin to move the definition of defective to mean…liberals.

        As far as a good source….how about every historian since WWII.

  5. Mike Putfus | March 13, 2018 at 7:00 am |

    Sure shows you know nothing about firearms or the military. As for the NRA back in the 50’s and before they taught firearm safety in schools, but stopped in the 60’s when some felt schools shouldn’t teach that in AZ. I’m still a proud member of the NRA, and retired Army.

  6. Hoi Polloi Boy | March 13, 2018 at 7:25 am |

    Dude, the Parkland shooting was caused by the failure of government on sooo many levels. Obama’s DOJ bribing the school district to keep trouble makers like Cruz out of jail and in school, the failure of the Sheriff to do anything after THIRTY-NINE VISITS to Cruz’s house, the failure of the FBI (nothing new there) to follow up on tips that Cruz was a grenade about explode, the failure of authorities to follow up on social media posts made by Cruz stating he wanted “to be a professional school shooter”, the local deputies waiting ELEVEN MINUTES to enter the building as they stood outside listening to gunshots aimed at kids, etc. Not to mention the insane liberal concept of “GUN FREE ZONES”. Guns can’t read.

    And you want to blame the gun and the NRA? You sir, are delirious. Try this: “Mom & Dad, how come the government never does anything to stop kids like me from getting killed and then blames everyone and everything except themselves when it happens?”

    • Straw man.

      Nobody blamed a gun.

      • The Evil One | March 13, 2018 at 5:26 pm |

        Then why are we talking about GUN control and not PEOPLE control? Straw man?

        • Don’t be obtuse.
          “Gun control” is people control. A gun cannot own itself, install a trigger lock on itself, register itself, deny itself a bump stock, blah blah blah. Each of those examples of gun control is actually people control.

          Is the requirement to have auto insurance or a driver’s license “car control?”

          Der.

  7. From former 1st Lt Jonathan DuHamel on active duty 1968-1970: among other things, upon commissioning, we swore to uphold the Constitution.

  8. With respect to your service to our country, First Lieutenant Davis, as long as the courts release convicted rapists to live 3 streets down from me and the homeless, mentally ill bum who drifts about my neighborhood when he and his buddies aren’t snoozing under the bridge less than a mile away from my house, I will keep and bear arms within the confines of the US Constitution, 2nd Amendment, and if necessary, defend myself, my family, and my property from all who would do me or mine harm.

    • Ooooo, scary.

      So terrifying, those derelicts.

      I need my AR-15 to sleep at night.

      Snowflake!

      • You are using typical tactics to name call and make jokes against people in order to shame and demean them. Your choice of who to use these tactics against not only shows a bias but can make a person question the quality of your reasoning. i.e. are you ignorant about the subject or do you have an ulterior motive?

        • Guilty as charged, I’m biased. Anyone who claims otherwise about themselves is deluded…or biased.

          And if anyone claims they need an AR-15 to protect themselves against a “bum”, then yes, I will howl and hurl ironic insults of snowflakery into the internet night.

  9. Alabaster Caster | March 13, 2018 at 8:53 am |

    Nearly all these shooters have been on Psychiatric medications. Yet, we hear nothing about this since it does not fit the “narrative”.

    1990-2018 Total NRA contributions to political candidates: $23,000,000

    Big Pharma contributions to political candidates (2016 alone): $29,000,000

    1990-2018 Total Big Pharma contributions to political candidates: (approx.) 208,700,000

    Source: https://www.opensecrets.org/industries/summary.php?ind=H04&recipdetail=A&sortorder=U&mem=Y&cycle=2018

    Tell me again how “afraid” our politicians are of the NRA. No one questions the mind altering effects of all these drugs our kids are being given at such young ages. Over $200 million and a complicit media ensures that. If we actually had an unbiased media in this nation perhaps we could get some answers, but we all know that will never happen.

  10. Said just like a true liberal. Once outlawed the only ones with them will be the drug cartel killers that flood into the country THAT STILLS NEEDS A WALL!

    Sorry but your ideas are flawed. Plus, the 2nd Amendment is timeless. get over it.

    Obama is gone. Let’s give up on THAT impeachment effort.

    • Wallace, don’t forget that Hillary wont’ be back either to continue the destruction of this Republic. THANK GOD….

    • Yeah, true. We hear ALL THE TIME about gangs armed with AR-15s, killing children in cold blood.

      All the time.
      Pfffft

  11. If semi-automatic guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have semi-automatic guns. I, for one, would like to keep my semi-automatic guns in order to defend myself from an outlaw with his. And, yes, semi-automatic guns are quite effective and efficient at shooting human beings. All the better to stop an outlaw from causing me harm. Your appeal to authority as having been in the service is quickly squandered away by your lack of practical knowledge of life in this world.

    • Practical knowledge?

      Which is greater, genius…
      the odds some element of your arsenal will be used to kill a bad guy, or the odds it will be used to kill someone who lives in your home?

      Do the research. I dare you.

      • While I hear what you’re saying there is a problem in your reasoning. The reality of a, “Right” is the associated responsibility. Those responsibilities for the 2nd amendment are enshrined in laws. Sadly most people demand to use their right to the 1st Amendment but never once in their lives give thought to the responsibility. They think it is harmless. Too bad most people in our society have no clue about 2nd and 3rd order effects of their big mouths. They just go about their lives doing what their political party of choice indicates they should do.

  12. Mike Putfus | March 13, 2018 at 9:43 am |

    As a SR NCO with over twenty years an automatic or semi-automatic pistol or rifle are not used used for spraying bullets at anything. In fact a semi-auto fires one round at a time, and your trained to hit a target with one round. Full auto as in M-60, 50 and so on are used to keep the target down so they can’t fire, and allow our soldiers to advance. They also don’t spray rounds everywhere, but stay in the area your firing at. Firearms are also not kept in an armory in a combat area along with your basic loads, but are in outside of combat areas as there is no need for them except in training. So called plain accidents do not happen, but are caused by Officers and NCO’s that don’t inform and or train those under them be it driving a vehicle or having a firearm. They also do not react in anger at any time unless provoked to do so by their Officers or NCO’s, and the last thing they would use is a firearm. The first they they would use is their hand up side your head.

  13. To say that our politicians fear the NRA more than they fear dictators in other countries is akin to childish name calling, not reasoned debate nor is it relevant to the topic. Buzz may think it a grand idea to be governed by high schoolers but I don`t. Is Buzz the author of the headline? I am not an expert in guns and rifles though I did serve in the Army infantry but it seems to me that Buzz is talking about automatic weapons only, not semi-automatics.

  14. borderbill (a NIMBY/BANANA) | March 13, 2018 at 1:43 pm |

    Buzz off, Buzz.

  15. Republican’s don’t fear the NRA! The smart ones agree with the NRA. The others fear not getting reelected! The NRA are voters.
    The Democrats do fear Planned Parenthood. I haven’t heard of many prolife ones!

  16. If you had been trained PROPERLY you would NOT spray bullets. You insure what or who your target is and what is behind it and in the line of fire BEFORE you pull the trigger. SPRAY AND PRAY is NOT good and that is NOT what the NAR teaches!

  17. As stated before. Assault is an act. Not an object. An AR or AK sure seems to carry a lot more weight than a semi automatic even though they are all the same thing. I guess Buzz you do not trust yourself with a semi automatic?

  18. Wayne B (rain) | March 15, 2018 at 5:12 am |

    An NRA instructor used an AR-15 to stop a mass killing in a Texas church.

    So by hating on NRA and AR-15s Buzz Davis is really saying he wants to help future deranged church murderers complete their mission of death. Progressive hate is really a sight to behold.

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