Even if that were true, what the heck does "need" have to do with it? We don´t "need" 150 daily newspapers in the country either, or hundreds of TV channels, or thousands and thousands of books. And while we´re at it, do we really "need" so many protestant religious demoninations? There is no "need" to bear arms - only the right to do so, guaranteed by the Constitution. Reuters: Defense Secretary Leon Panetta joined the gun control debate on Thursday when he told troops at a military base in Italy that only soldiers needed armor-piercing bullets or assault weapons.
Just gotta love these high faluting idiots who do not understand the Constitution of the USA. I may not need one NOW, but I sure will NEED one soon the way these socialists are trying to make me a serf.
I suppose the GOVERNMENT knows what we "NEED" and what we don´t "NEED" better than WE?
We don´t need 5 bathrooms, don´t need a $75,000 automobile, don´t need 4 vehicles, don´t need to eat steak, don´t need a 5000 square foot home, don´t need a three 55" televisions, home theater, a 50 acre farm, 30 pairs of shoes, a $100 hair cut...
The list goes on and on and these hypocrites don´t have a clue what they are saying, which shows just how stupid they are. This is AMERICA and if I want to spend my money, the money I EARN, on whatever hobby or interest I have, that’s my business NOT YOURS. And if I want to buy 3000 rounds of ammo or another "assault" (whatever that is) rifle, who the hell are you to tell me I can´t??!!
The Second Amendment preserves the American citizenry´s right to arm itself in protection against a government gone bad. Panetta´s ignorant statement is akin to stating that the American colonists didn´t "need" flintlocks. They could protect themselves against burglars with their axes, and hunted game with bows and arrows. Of course, neither would have done them much good against the well trained and flintlock-equipped British soldiers, or their Prussian mercenaries.
No, "assault weapons" are indeed needed by 21st Century American citizens so that we might proetect ourselves against whatever modern military force might seek to enslave us. Fully automatic rifles would be even better, and once we have batted back the assault on semi-autos with effective magazine capacities we should launch our own effort to decriminalize them. LEGAL full-auto retrofits for everyone.
Again, a tyrant cannot launch a kristallnacht against shopkeepers who are ARMED.
My list of people whose departure from public life will make the world a better place grows longer everyday. Today Mr. Panetta joined its ranks. I hope that he will soon decide to play golf everyday in lieu of spending his time telling other people how they should live.
Many of the people who own and drive them don´t need big four-wheel drive trucks either. Your neighbor doesn´t need that bass-boat in his drive... in fact, none of the people who have big yachts or boats of any kind or size don´t NEED them. We, as human beings don´t need MOST of what we have. I guess we should all live like Zero´s brother in Africa - just enough to eat, mud hut and all.
NEED has very little to do with modern human existence. Does Zero and the First Mizz NEED to go on expensive vacations?
It is not the business of elected and appointed representatives of the American people to tell them, the American people, what they do or do not need. Mr. Panetta has overstepped himself. He does not remember who he is working for, who pays his salary, and to whom he is ultimately accountable. If this is a representative sample of how Mr. Panetta thinks about his duties and delegated powers, it would be more accurate to say that Americans do not need Mr. Panetta than for him to proclaim that Americans do not need a certain type of firearm or, indeed, anything else. Who is Leon Panetta that he should be telling Americans what they do and do not need?
We also don´t need you or anyone else telling us what we need. We tell you what we need, not the other way around. We elected Emperor Zippy, God help us, and he appointed you. And by the way, is that what you told the defenders in Benghazi when they asked for assistance?
Look Leon...WE the People ARE Soldiers. Its not that we don´t NEED them...BUT...Its very much is that WE have the RIGHT to HOLD & BEAR ARMS....and that these rights SHALL NOT be infringed upon like what your boss in the people White House is doing. MOLON LABE
This Panetta twit is from Cal. Does he really think the farmers and cattlemen along the Mexico border don´t need assault weapons. If the illegals storming across the border ever found out the ranchers were limited in firepower they would kill every one of them.
Then how come Secret Service has assault weapons? How come police have assault weapons? Why is it that those in government need protection by people who carry assault weapons and the average citizen is told they don´t need and the second amendment is so outdated.
It is the Bill of Rights, not the Bill of Needs. Panetta just takes his marching orders from Obama, like the rest of them. I´m beginning to wonder if we NEED a bloated government that is spending us into poverty. Frankly, I believe the gov´t is broken and needs to be thrown out and started all over again.
One HUGE problem Leon...the 2nd ammendment was not put there for hunting rifles as you lib morons keep lying about. It was put there pricisely to allow citizens to protect themselves from a Despotic Government...in other words, citizens should be armed precisely the same as the government goons!
Panetta, drive a cab for a week. Live in the wrong part of town for a month. Live out of sight of a neighbor in the southwest. Mostly I need an assault weapon because someone in this administration armed a bunch of hard case Mexican drug dealers with them. Joe, ask around and out THOSE people instead of telling us what we ´need.´
As Panetta won´t honor his oath to defend the Constitution, impeach him.
And BTW -- even if we each had an Abrams tank in the driveway, if the gov´t didn´t come after us, they´d never be used. See the problem with "need" and the point of the 2nd Amendment, Leon, you stinking [pre-deleted]?
#1: They understand it fine. But they also "know" it´s "wrong."
People don´t ´´need´´ Porshe´s or BMW´s, when a Ford Fiesta will get them where they are going just fine. And I guarantee that Porshe´s and BMW´s have killed many more people than my guns ever have (since they haven´t killed anyone).
I don´t ´´need´´ to sit here and express my opinions on any number of matters, but the 1st amendment guarnatees me the RIGHT to do so.
The 2nd amendment doesn´t have the word ´´need´´ in it anywhere. I don´t need a lot of things, but I have my guns for the reasons I have chosen to have my guns -- which is my RIGHT!!!
Demon-RATS are stupid and evil. That has to be the reason for the things that they keep saying over and over and over again...
And nobody needs an automobile that can do more than 80 mph. That´s as fast as anybody ´needs´ to go. Put a governor on all vehicles and you would probably saves thousands of lives. What is it that the libs say?, ´If it only saves one life´....
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