Attempts to scuttle the Second Amendment to the Constitution have existed almost since it was penned back in the 1700s.

The most recent efforts began in the 1980s in California after some lunatic shot up a schoolyard with firearms he was not supposed to possess.

Then Assembly Speaker Willie Brown championed a bill called “The Assault Weapons Control Act” by authors David Roberti and Mike Roos that sought to prohibit semi-automatic firearms with a definition that defies description and that persists to this day. A supposed supporter of the Constitution, then Calif. Gov. George Deukmejian, signed the mess into law.

The term “assault weapon” has taken on a chameleon like apparition of mostly political and no practical or realistic purpose.

A feature incorporated into the original rifle was a select fire capability something omitted from all the present attempts to define a fantasy object. The original “assault rifle” as I and countless others has pointed out to an ignoring press and so called “objective” media is a selective fire machine gun severely controlled by the National Firearms Act of 1934, limited to civilians by the Firearms Owners Protection Act of 1986 and prohibited in some states.

A thumb in your eye is an “assault weapon” as are feet, fists, a sharp elbow, a BMW, or Chevy truck, a hatchet and the ubiquitous kitchen knife or a brick.

Proponents of measures to outlaw these imaginary weapons continue to wander far afield in their justifications such as for “public safety” or “for the children” or ban “weapons of war.”

These are merely catch phrases in the gun controllers play book. Their real goal is the ultimate prohibition of citizen possession of arms and destruction of the Second Amendment and, it would follow, the NRA that they hate so much for standing in their way.

Floyd Hancock

Klamath Falls

Gerry OBrien, Editor