Are you enjoying your brand new (fill in the blank) car, device, or other convenience, but you don’t want me to possess a modern firearm, say an AR-15 sporting rifle? You argue that I can only possess a firearm from an earlier century? That’s a bit hypocritical, don’t you think? Time and technology stand still for no one. Let’s analyze this trendy argument a bit. Stay with me:
We Modern Icemen: Time Stands Still for No Man
When they found the man they called “The Iceman” in the Italian Alps in 1991, he had been dead an estimated five thousand years. Yet he was all there, preserved perfectly by the cold, complete with his possessions. The Iceman was not the first human found in a preserved state ages after death. In Scandinavia and England, peat bogs had yielded similar remains. Examination of the bog finds showed that the dead had been slain, some by garrote, some with a hole in their heads from a puncture wound. These men had only their clothing with them. They were captives, perhaps, or criminals who had been executed. What the bog had in common was that they were not free.
The Iceman, by contrast, was found in possession of state-of-the-art weapons. He had a six-foot longbow, the same size used by English bowmen more than four thousand years later to defeat heavily armored French knights at the Battle of Agincourt. It was a remarkably powerful weapon when one considers that the iceman was a mere five feet two inches tall. His ammunition was fourteen arrows held in a beautiful deerskin quiver. He had an ash-handle flint-bladed dagger and something that astounded the experts – a nearly pure copper ax, something so advanced for five thousand years ago that the National Geographic commented “It was as if the tomb of a medieval warrior had yielded a rifle.“
All of which was evidence that the Iceman was a free man. Since the dawn of history, free men have been armed with the most up-to-date weapons capable of being carried by hand. Arms are the mark of a free man. The Iceman had them at the ready, daily, to protect himself, his immediate family or his clan, tribe, city or country from attack, and to hunt food. On occasion, he employed arms to overthrow tyranny and regain freedom, and, thereafter to prevent the loss of liberty to would-be tyrants
Again and again, the most lucid of political commentators, right up to and including the Founding Fathers of this nation and the Framers of our Constitution, have emphasized that a free people exercises, without impediment from its rulers, the right to keep and bear arms, and that the first order of business for would-be tyrants is to disarm the people.
-excerpted from the book “When I Was A Kid, This Was A Free Country” by G. Gordon Liddy.
If the Iceman were offered a modern semi-automatic rifle, ammunition and training, would he have turned it down? I think not. We “modern icemen” likewise seek the very best that technology has to offer.
Today, gun control advocates, politicians, and Hollywood elitists attempt to convince an unwitting American public that we have no right to own modern firearms, such as semi-automatic rifles. The ever-polarizing Rosie O’Donnell once opined that the “arms” in the Second Amendment referred strictly to muskets. Because that particular firearm was in common use when the Constitution was written, all that we may be allowed to own today is a musket, according to her thinking. Such sentiments are not only laughable, but absurd. If the gun grabbers really believed such nonsense and wished to be taken seriously, then they should set an example for the rest of us. Turn off those electric lights and light a candle. Get out of that car and ride a horse. Turn off that electric stove and start a fire. Stop texting on your smart phone and write on parchment paper with a quill pen. Is it not hypocritical to demand that others use 200-year old technology while they use slick, modern devices?
Here’s a question to ask a gun grabber: Why did the founding fathers (many some of whom fought in the Revolutionary War) not use a Dutch blunderbuss, like the 1620 Plymouth Colony Pilgrims used? The answer to most of us is obvious: Why on Earth would you use outdated tools, when new, state-of-the art tools are available to you? Time and technology stand still for no one. In the Revolutionary War, the Continental Army (outnumbered by the better-equipped and trained British Army) was already looking for an advantage, something more advanced than the common “Brown Bess” musket. They found it, in the form of the long rifle. With far more accuracy than a common musket, the Yanks could reliably take out a British officer on horseback from 300 yards. Of course, the British considered this tactic the equivalent of a war crime! Read this great article written by Chris Kyle (yes, that Chris Kyle) about the use of long rifles in the American Revolutionary War: The American Long Rifle.
As time advanced, so did the firearms. The arms issued to our Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines slowly evolved. See the image and accompanying description below:
From Left to Right:
- Land pattern flintlock musket, a.k.a. “Brown Bess” (1722) Used by both sides in the American Revolutionary War. A smoothbore muzzleloader, it fired a .75 caliber lead ball. A trained soldier could fire three shots in one minute.
- Springfield Rifled Musket (1842) The Percussion Cap Ignition System was faster and more reliable than the flintlock ignition. The rifled barrel was far more accurate than a smoothbore. Used extensively in the Civil War.
- Springfield Trap Door (1873) The first breech-loading rifle, which greatly sped up the loading and firing sequence. Horse mounted cavalry could reload in the saddle – an action not possible with a muzzleloader.
- Krag Rifle (1892) 30-40 caliber, the first bolt action, repeating U.S. service rifle that fired a small caliber, low pressure, smokeless powder, metallic cartridge fed from an internal magazine.
- ’03 Springfield: (1903) Bolt action, internal box magazine. Replaced the Krag, and fired a high power 30-06 caliber cartridge. The ’03 was used extensively, even beyond the Korean War.
- M1 Garand (1938) 30-06 caliber, first semi-automatic, gas operated, internal 8-round magazine fed rifle. It was “the greatest battle implement ever devised by man” according to General George Patton.
- M-14 (1957) 7.62 x 51mm (.308 caliber) select-fire, gas operated, 20 round, detachable magazine-fed rifle. Magazines could be loaded and carried separately. The first full-automatic main battle rifle issued to the American military.
- M-16 (1965) 5.56 x 45mm (.223 caliber) select fire, downsized cartridge, synthetic stock, gas operated, 30-round magazine -fed rifle. The current A4 model uses 3-round bursts instead of full auto, and has a telescoping stock.
- Main Battle Rifle of Tomorrow (???) will replace the M-16, with smart features, like range finding, laser sighting, and more.
Equally, if not more, important than this tidbit of firearms history is the fact that these state-of-the art (for their respective eras) firearms were available to the general public! Trace your lineage back in time and you may find that one of your ancestors owned the very same firearm as was issued to a U.S. Marine in that era!
In the everlasting march of time, technology is not a spectator. We can and should appreciate old things, but we have no obligation to chain ourselves to outdated technology. Many of us look forward to new breakthroughs in science, technology, medicine, and … firearms.
Our right to seek the very best personal small arms for our respective purposes should not be constrained or “infringed.” Does that word sound familiar? If not, then read the text of the 2nd Amendment.
At Semper Firearms Training we encourage you to buy a good firearm, get trained in how to use it, get a Nevada CCW permit, and continue your firearms training as part of a defensive lifestyle.