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Aside from focusing on essentially irrelevant features, the anti's also seem to hate anything that makes a weapon more accurate and easy to shoot. It's almost as if they *want* the rounds to fly with near randomness.

I kid. They just want to take them all away, one at a time, by salami slice, since they know they have to boil this frog.


Good post.  Did you put that picture together?  I want to post it on the Hon. Mike Thompsons Facebook page.
 Nope.  It came from No Lap Dog Media's Facebook page.
In the years before the American Revolution, my 5th Great Grandfather was Captain of the Rowan County, NC militia.  His duties were several:  collect the property taxes for those property owners in his militia district, see to it that all able bodied males were equipped to serve when the militia were called out (usually to respond to threats or results of Indian attacks), and to be a voice for the neighborhood at government deliberations in Salisbury.  In addition, he served on the Committee of Safety which concerned itself with safety of a sort somewhat different than sidewalk ramps and trigger locks on muskets.

When things got a little testy with the government of King George, his duties saw an increase as the county militias began to drill and prepare in case the British Army should make an appearance in that part of the Carolina Backwoods.  Before they did, he moved to neighboring Lincoln County where he was appointed Major of Horse of the Lincoln County regiment.  No long responsible for tax collection and infantry drill, he ensured that the County had a troop of well mounted and trained soldiers who could both ride and shoot - the rapid reaction force of its day. In the course of his duties, he incurred expenses which he submitted to the government of North Carolina, but these were kept in arrears until after the war as they were generally short of funds. However, since his fellow settlers took their civic duties seriously, they were well armed with locally made rifles, better than the Brown Bess musket of their opponents, and fine horses bred by the local planters. Saddles were made by local craftsmen, gunpowder from a colonial mill nearby, and bullets could be cast by just about anybody.

So when the British did show up at King's Mountain in 1780, they were ready. Cavalry had spread the word of the British advance and the militia responded toute de suite from all around and as far away as Watauga, in Tennessee. Major Dickson gathered his troops and went to defend their homes, families, and property.  They beat the British that day and the campaign to supress the rebellion in the South was essentially done.

When Congressman Dickson took up his duties in Philadelphia and later the new capitol of Washington, he recognized the deficiencies of the militia and stood for a strong national government and a national army like the Continental Army had been.  But, his opinion was in the minority. Thomas Jefferson (1st cousin, 7x removed) did not support a National Army, but rather believed in the militia system and hoped to keep it strong.  The Second Amendment arose from men like this who believed it was the right of the people to rise up against an unjust central government and one of the compromises that was crafted into the Bill of Rights was a right of those citizens to keep arms.  Not for hunting, not for self defense against brigands, but rather to embody forever the right and ability of the citizenary to oppose domestic and foreign governments when they decide to trample the rights of the people.

Progress has shown that Dickson was right as it applied to foreign governments, a National Army is the only answer to those threats.  But Jefferson's notion is as viable today as it ever was as evidenced by the behavior of many of our elected officials, their toady political hack law enforcement officials, and others who are as ignorant of our history as they are of our rights.
Bravo lvncenturion, well said!
I have a Camp 45. It's an excellent little carbine.