Speaking on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” Tuesday, Retired Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the former commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, said some weapons should be carried only by soldiers, not civilians.
The entire purpose of the Second Amendment was to put the citizen at parity with the government to prevent tyranny. McChrystal is an idiot and doesn’t understand his own oath.
“I spent a career carrying typically either an M16, and later an M4 carbine,” he said. “And an M4 carbine fires a .223 caliber round, which is 5.56 millimeters, at about 3,000 feet per second. When it hits a human body, the effects are devastating. It’s designed to do that. And that’s what our soldiers ought to carry.”
He’s a general. Generals have men to carry rifles for them.
The .25-06 is a pretty common deer rifle where I live (deer are usually kinda small around here). The .25-06 puts out a .257 caliber round, which is 6.5 millimeters, at about 3230 feet per second. When it hits any body, the effects are devastating. And that’s why our soldiers carry something weaker. Those traditionalists who still like the .30-06, a cartridge designed over 100 years ago, is .308 caliber, about 7.8 mm, and moves at about 2910 feet per second. When it hits a human body, it’s a much heavier, more devasatating bullet that does much more damage. All firearms propel projectiles, that’s what they do. Saying the semi-auto M4 clones that citizens can own are dangerous due to some numbers is just a precursor to banning everything else – because so many other firearms are more effective.
That they are effective is the point. It establishes parity in order to preserve liberty against tyrants, whether governmental or individual.
McChrystal is an idiot, but he is a politician. Saying “guns are bad, m’kay”, sounds good when he’s playing politics to people who hate guns.
In the real world, the reason McChrystal isn’t Generalissimo McChrystal the Exalted Great Leader is because we, Joe and Jane and Jamal and Jesus citizen, have the Second Amendment and have rifles that are comparable in order to maintain the security of the free state that our Constitution was intended to create. We maintain a republic by virtue of those tools.
The general added, “I personally don’t think there’s any need for that kind of weaponry on the streets and particularly around the schools in America. I believe that we’ve got to take a serious look. I understand everybody’s desire to have whatever they want, but we’ve got to protect our children, we’ve got to protect our police, we’ve got to protect our population. And I think we have to take a very mature look at that.”
He’s a general. He’s used to being a control freak. He says “jump”, people say “how high” on the way up.
“Desire to have whatever they want” is the reason we formed the nation he chose to serve. We protect our children by maintaining a free society. The job of police is to enforce laws. We do not crush the freedoms of millions (and by extension set up a nation for tyranny) because Officer Barbrady wants his job made easier. If we want to do that, let’s throw out the 4th, 5th, and 8th Amendments, take kids from their parents, and just make a police state right now.
Oh, wait, there is no doing that. Because of this: