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Shall Not Be Infringed

Perspectives  December 18 2012
 — By CJ Grisham
Shall Not Be Infringed

“Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed; as they are in almost every kingdom of Europe. The supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword; because the whole body of the people are armed, and constitute a force superior to any band of regular troops that can be, on any pretence, raised in the United States.” –Noah Webster, An Examination of the Leading Principles of the Federal Constitution, 1787

I’m not going to get into the politics of the Sandy Hook shooting. Suffice it to say, it was a tragedy of the worst kind. Such evil and ungodliness is beyond comprehension.

What I want to touch upon is the aftermath of this tragedy without tying it to any specific event. It seems the national conversation has turned to gun control and finding ways to circumvent the 2nd Amendment.

A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.

So now, all the politicians are talking about gun control. I’ve heard in many different places talk about reinstating the “Assault Weapons Ban” of the 90s, only this new one will have even more teeth. If you were ever thinking about ONE DAY buying a nice AR-style rifle, NOW is the time to do it. If you want 30-round magazines, NOW is the time to do it.

A buddy of mine is the owner of a small firearms company here Central Texas called Blackjack Firearms. He carries some awesome firearms and can customize just about anything. He’s helped me with a few customizations of my firearms and I even bought one of his first Blackjack Firearms lower receivers and I’m in love with it. I put it on an older model AR and it greatly improved both the look and function of my AR. I just wanted to support my buddy, but I got a better weapon out of it.


Another item on the chopping block are the so-called “high capacity” magazines. This is an invented term by the gun grabbers of America that is generally thought to mean any magazine or clip that holds more than 10 rounds. Most AK-47 and AR-style magazines are 30. Soon, you won’t have the option of buying them if Democrat Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has her way.

“Right away this week, we could pass the ban on the assault magazine,” Pelosi said. “In a larger sense, let’s go down this path of banning the assault weapon. I think there’s a better chance to do that now than ever.”

When the last “assault weapon” ban was signed into law by President Bill Clinton, the cost of these magazines went through the roof. These days, they only cost between $14-30 depending on the brand.

Besides my PMAGs, I was recently given a few steel .223 magazines to try out from a company called C Products Defense. The magazines are “Made in the USA” and are similar to the standard issue magazines we have in the Army. I tried out both the 10-round (which is all we’re going to be able to get if this law is passed) and the 30-round magazine to try out. Because they are less expensive that other magazines from top name brands in the firearms industry, I was a little worried they wouldn’t be as good.

Now, I’m not a fan of 10-round magazines at all. I just don’t like the look of them and the fact that it only holds such a finite number of rounds causes me anxiety thinking about ever having the need to use it to defend myself. Neither magazine had any problems feeding or cycling through normal fire or even rapid fire. I didn’t experience a single misfeed or malfunction in my testing of these magazines.

DPMS AR with 10-round C Products Defense stainless steel magazine.

DPMS AR with 10-round C Products Defense stainless steel magazine.

That said, I had no issues with either of these magazines. If you’re on a budget, this may be the way to go, though. You can get the stainless steel or aluminum ones at Blackjack Firearms for $10.99. The 30-round stainless steel ones are also $10.99 or you can get the aluminum version for $9.99. Ask around. These are great prices for, as best as I can tell, an equally high-quality magazine.


I don’t mean to sound doomsday, but your opportunities to go out and get a 30-round magazine or larger are dwindling. During the last “assault weapons” ban, you were grandfathered if you already owned one of these. People could buy and sell them, but they couldn’t be imported or produced domestically.

Same goes with the black rifle. Our ignorant, elected officials are ban-happy and they only care what a weapon LOOKS like. If you ban “assault weapons” a mass murderer will just use a deer rifle or a shotgun or a pistol.

The media and gun grabbing politicians want you to believe that Adam Lanza used an AR rifle to commit the murders in Connecticut so that they can use it to pull on your heartstrings and support massive legislation that limits your right to defend yourself with whatever weapon you think you need. Remember, the second amendment wasn’t just put there so you could go hunting or to defend against robbers and rapists. It was put there to keep a government in check as well that got out of control. Can you imagine, God forbid, that something happens in this country where the government declares martial law and the only thing that can deter or defeat an armed defense and all you’re left with are 10-round magazines against the DOE, BATFE, DHS, FBI, DEA, DOD, and many other alphabet soup armed agencies of the government using their 30-round magazines? (Note: I am NOT and DO NOT support any armed sedition, sabotage, or other violent aggression against any branch of government, local or federal; I’m merely explaining the purpose of the 2nd amendment.)

I’ve called around where I live. Academy, Weber’s, Cabelas, Dick’s, and Bass Pro Shops are all sold out of AR-style rifles. People are scared right now. They may have reason to be.

(3) Readers Comments

  1. My observations are simple (and as shared by many, accurate.) The “assault weapons” are not in the hands of the people to start with. As you stated, a murderer will simply utilize whatever weapon available to achieve the said goal. Murder.
    All across the nation, the vehicle death stats have always been at least 70% higher than those attributed to firearms. Has anyone ever pushed a ban on automobiles?
    Prescription drug deaths are as much as TEN times higher in most areas of the nation. Is this even on the discussion agenda ?
    When a drunk gets in a car and kills innocents, the car is not blamed for an act committed by the person. To allow a machine of any type to be made responsible for the act of the person using it, is un-imaginable. Or is it?
    The “Assault weapons” are FEAR and IGNORANCE.
    These “assault weapons” are and always will be wielded by Tyrants against a people they fear and wish to oppress.
    The 2nd amendment assures the ability to preserve ALL of the “Rights” of the people.
    Any act of opposition to the Constitution, to nullify or subvert the Constitution, committed by an elected official who is sworn to uphold and protect the Constitution, without the expressed will of the people, (a full National Vote), in my humble opinion and by law, should therefore be prosecuted for Treason against (his or her) elected office, Crimes against Constitution of the United States of America, and Crimes against The People of the United States of America.
    Those in power, will do everything possible to assure they stay in power. Those in submission, will either rise against their oppressors (and likely die for their efforts) or they will follow their leashes to their graves.
    Either way, it will be left to “The Will of The People”.

  2. “If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and
    finisher. As a nation of freemen, we must live through all time, or
    die by suicide.” – Abraham Lincoln, Lyceum Address, January 27, 1838

  3. when is the last time a shooter used an AK or AR to shoot everyone up? most use handguns I think…
    great piece CJ

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