I want a bazooka

Robert Francis O’Rourke has been making repeal of the Second Amendment the centerpiece of his floundering campaign for the Democratic Party nomination.   Here is a recent tweet:

A woman in CO told me “hell no” she won’t give back her AR-15.

I listened, but by her logic: Why shouldn’t you be allowed to have a bazooka or a tank?

These are the conversations Congress shouldn’t be afraid of—because if we’re going to end this epidemic, we need to have them.

Well, why shouldn’t I be allowed to have a bazooka or a tank?

Perhaps not me personally; that is not what I have in mind.   But I would like to form a Neighborhood Guard.   We could register with the state Guard, form up, select officers, pull together a schedule, and pitch in to create a secure armory.   The Neighborhood Guard should be able to obtain a few bazookas or M16s or a tank or a howitzer, with the limitation being the availability of suitable training grounds where these weapons could be fired.

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

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10 thoughts on “I want a bazooka”

  1. In Seattle, with all the property crime not being investigated, there is at least one neighborhood where they engage their own private security.  I don’t know whether the private security guards are armed, but they do add a layer of protection that the city government has not provided.  I like the idea of Neighborhood Guard.

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  2. RB49:
    In Seattle, with all the property crime not being investigated, there is at least one neighborhood where they engage their own private security.  I don’t know whether the private security guards are armed, but they do add a layer of protection that the city government has not provided.  I like the idea of Neighborhood Guard.

    In nearby Memphis they also have neighborhoods that pool funds to hire armed security patrols.   Some neighborhoods that are not so flush with cash simply have armed neighborhood watch patrols.

    As criminal gangs get more violent, it seems to me that law-abiding citizens need to provide for their own common defense.

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  3. My friends all think I’m out of control because I advocate going BACK to what the original idea of the 2nd Amendment was – the ability of the people to form military units that could:

    a) defend the neighborhood

    b) repulse “invasion”

    c) act in their own self defense.

    Note that the often debated term “well regulated” only meant that there were local ordinances which specified the minimum gear each able-bodied male must have available. From time to time they would fall out into the local square and stand inspection of their gear. They might also engage in some close-order drill to practice “military maneuvering” should the need arise. Go back to Lexington & Concord. In Lexington the local “militia” fell out, being the local members from Lexington, taking positions of defense of their village. The Red Coats fired first, and the Lexington militia, not being much experienced in warfare, and especially against fellow Brits, fell back in disarray, with real casualties. BUT then the Brit column marched on to Concord, where they were met by two full units, properly kitted out, organized, and who proceeded to attack the red coats and put them to flight. They consisted of mostly experienced soldiers from the French & Indian war who knew how to form units, move, etc.

    Cannon have long been THE most deadly arm on the battlefield. Sherman was once quoted as saying,
    “Give me a Napoleon rather than a thousand infantry.” This only underscores the deadliness of cannon. Yet Americans were allowed to own cannon without any “chit”, permission, or other blessing of the government. Nor did you have to “register” either yourself OR your cannon.

    ?Why, then, do we need any restriction on ownership of whatever weapon we see fit. To those who would make the incredibly stupid comment, “?Would you allow people to own a nuclear sub.” the only answer that makes sense is that there are very few who could come up with the wherewithall to own such a craft, but yes, if they wished, they could own one. It’s their money!

    This brings us around to the incredibly stupid comments of Beeeto. Watch the movie Highwaymen and you will see that there was a time when you could walk into a gun store and buy a BAR, a Thompson, or any other rifle or pistol available. No forms. No NICS checks which have failed us so spectacularly. No records of who owns what. NO government blockage of the production of automatic weapons and such! Which is in effect today.

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  4. MJBubba:
    But I would like to form a Neighborhood Guard.

    In fact, many of those who might join are already members of the militia, as defined in 10 U.S. Code § 246, “Militia: composition and classes”:

    a) The militia of the United States consists of all able-bodied males at least 17 years of age and, except as provided in section 313 of title 32, under 45 years of age who are, or who have made a declaration of intention to become, citizens of the United States and of female citizens of the United States who are members of the National Guard.

    (b) The classes of the militia are—

    (1) the organized militia, which consists of the National Guard and the Naval Militia; and

    (2) the unorganized militia, which consists of the members of the militia who are not members of the National Guard or the Naval Militia.

    Thus any able-bodied male citizen between 17 and 45 is already in the unorganized militia.  I don’t see why the unorganized militia shouldn’t be able to obtain the same arms as the National Guard.

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  5. John Walker:

    MJBubba:
    But I would like to form a Neighborhood Guard.

    In fact, many of those who might join are already members of the militia, as defined in 10 U.S. Code § 246, “Militia: composition and classes”:

    a) The militia of the United States consists of all able-bodied males at least 17 years of age and, except as provided in section 313 of title 32, under 45 years of age who are, or who have made a declaration of intention to become, citizens of the United States and of female citizens of the United States who are members of the National Guard.

    (b) The classes of the militia are—

    (1) the organized militia, which consists of the National Guard and the Naval Militia; and

    (2) the unorganized militia, which consists of the members of the militia who are not members of the National Guard or the Naval Militia.

    Thus any able-bodied male citizen between 32 and 45 is already in the unorganized militia.  I don’t see why the unorganized militia shouldn’t be able to obtain the same arms as the National Guard.

    And yet NFA 1934 prevents y0u fr0m having just those arms. The problem is that no one has yet officially challenged NFA 1934. Last challenge was dismissed because the plaintiff died before the case could be heard but the SCOTUS declined to hear the case because “sawed off shotguns are not military weapons.” Apparently SCOTUS had never seen or heard of the Winchester Model 1897 Trench model or the later similar Model 12. My platoon sergeant had one in Nam.

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  6. OR … you could just buy a binary trigger for your AR and bypass all this silliness, INCLUDING NFA 1934.

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  7. PhCheese:
    South Carolina has a State Guard.

    Yes, so does Tennessee.   I know some members of the Tennessee State Guard, which is a different organization from the Tennessee National Guard.   23 states have state guards.

    https://sgaus.org/

    It seems to me that this would be the natural home for the formation of Neighborhood Guards.   Maybe I should look into the Tennessee State Guard to see how far this might be able to go under current law.

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