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Letter: Why I need an AR, high capacity magazines

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Posted: Wednesday, January 23, 2013 12:03 pm | Updated: 9:56 am, Thu Aug 29, 2013.

My guns are for the purpose of protecting innocent life from deadly violence should the occasion arise in which I have the opportunity to intervene. It is my simple moral responsibility to the assailant’s targets in that instant and later and indeed to the common good and to gentle civilization itself that I do so if I am able. If that occasion arose, and if I failed for not having carried my gun, my life would become a living hell of remorse and guilt.

On average, I take 64 hours of tactical firearms training every year from active and retired military and law enforcement. If that occasion arose and I was not good enough for want of training and practice, my life would become a living hell of remorse and guilt.

Even if the government confiscates all guns, criminals, and others who aspire to become criminals, would not be inconvenienced for long and would be embolden by my mandated vulnerability.

There commonplace circumstances in which there is nothing the police can do to intervene in time to save the lives of my family from deadly criminal attack — armed robbery, aggravated assault, rape, carjacking, home invasion.

In addition, temporary civil disorder is not implausible. Consider the Watts riot, the Hunter’s Point riot, the Rodney King riot, the Oscar Grant riot, the Occupy riots.

In my opinion, protecting my family and myself fundamentally is my proximal responsibility. Every state in America provides statutory law protecting my use of deadly force in such circumstances.

And so, I want my AR 15, or the like, for two reasons. Bad guys these days wear body armor that easily defeats pistol rounds but not rifle rounds. The bad guys have extralegal access to ARs and AKs, semi-automatic and fully automatic. These also are reasons why I need high capacity magazines, both for my pistol and for my carbine: the bad guys rarely travel alone, the fight could become protracted, and the good guy almost always is outgunned.

As do all of the disciplined gun owners with whom I converse or train or practice, I secure my guns in a safe, my ammunition and magazines in another safe. The gun at my bedside is secured in a biometric strongbox. In my opinion, it is the responsible thing to do — both being prepared and securing my guns. And as do all of the disciplined gun owners with whom I converse or train or practice, I do all I can to avoid violence.

Albeit very few of them, there are licensed gun dealers and street level sources who illegally sell guns. Law enforcement ought to investigate and arrest. Prosecutors ought to prosecute. And sentencing ought to be certain, swift, and severe.

Whether through intent or neglect, anyone, including a parent, who directly makes a firearm available to a juvenile, or to anyone who is prohibited by law from purchasing a firearm, who commits a crime in which that firearm is associated, that person ought to be prosecuted as an accessory to the crime.

If I had been watching “Batman” at Century 16 in Aurora, Colo., I might have been able to have stopped the murderer, and maybe even before he started. If I had been at Sandy Hook Elementary, I might have been able to have stopped the murderer, and maybe even before he started. A licensed concealed carry citizen at Clackamas Town Center Mall did in fact cause the murderer to stop before he went any further.

If I had the opportunity to stop a deadly attack against your child, your spouse, yourself, would you be glad that I didn’t have the means of doing so?

James Bell

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