September 26, 2022

OPINION: A 13-year Army veteran explains why civilians shouldn’t have AR-15s

OPINION: A 13-year Army veteran explains why civilians shouldn't have AR-15s

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I served in the US Army for 13 years as a chaplain assistant who had to be proficient in weapons to protect the chaplain in combat, and I can tell you that this weapon’s mission is to kill and destroy multiple people in a short amount of time. It is a fact that AR-15s were meant for war, as you can read in this NPR article here.

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I couldn’t believe the horrific news of 19 children and two teachers from an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas. I am sick and tired of the same old debates and arguments about the weapon of war most commonly used in mass shootings; the AR-15.

There are so many steps that Congress and the President can take, like universal background checks, banning 3-D printed or ghost guns, and maybe even closing down the military surplus supply sales.

Why on earth would civilians need AR-15s, armor, and camouflage? In the last month, we’ve seen two 18-year-olds with AR-15s and body armor commit mass murder.

Speaking of which, why are gun laws so loose for 18-year-olds? They can’t buy a drink but they can buy a weapon of war and commit random acts of violence. I get that 18-year-olds can enlist in the Military and go to combat, however, before even going to basic training they need to take a mental evaluation to make sure they are mentally fit to deploy. This is a completely different situation than a newly turned 18-year-old buying a gun off the street. The age to buy a gun needs to be raised.

Truthfully, the most important thing the United States government can do is to ban assault weapons altogether. That would make it harder for the bad guys to have access to them illegally.

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Sandy Hook wasn’t enough. Will Uvalde now be enough?

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Kids from elementary school are not enemy combatants. They don’t need to wonder if they will get killed going to school from weapons of war.

This nation has a sick gun epidemic that needs to be eradicated.

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If we are really a pro-life country, then we need to value children more than we value guns.

I’m calling on President Biden and Congress for immediate action to pass legislation banning assault weapons.

If that means ending or exempting the filibuster in the Senate to get there, then so be it.

Editor’s note: This column solely represents the author’s opinion.

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David Weissman

Opinion columnist and Army veteran. Former MAGA, now a Biden voter.

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