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Monday, July 31, 2006

2 nd Amendment and the Military

While the second amendment only guarantees the right to bear arms, It's value is seen in the application of that right by ordinary citizens. Recreational, sporting and hunting all develop a skill set that have greater benefits for the nation at large. Take this one example for instance.

Galen Wilson started shooting when he was five. His father, a former Navy SEALS, began his training in marksmanship which he has carried into the Marine Corp. As the designated marksman for his company he has in two tours in Iraq acquired 20 confirmed kills and 40 additional shot that likely killed insurgents.

During a large-scale attack on Easter Sunday, Wilson says, he spotted six gunmen on a rooftop about 400 yards away. In about 8 seconds he squeezed off five rounds — hitting five gunmen in the head. The sixth man dived off a 3-story building just as Wilson got him in his sights, and counts as a probable death.

At 21 years old this kind of skill isn't taught to the inexperienced quickly. The ability to develop these skills through recreational and sport shooting is an asset that serves this nation as well as others by making men such as Galen Wilson.

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Anonymous brokengun said...

It's a shame that as a nation, we have come to rely upon and expect new technologies to relieve us of the "dirty work". I believe we will be disappointed, embarassed, and perhaps endangered by this fixation.
When the ship hits the sand, its what's between our ears that saves our rears. Riflecraft and other outdoor skills useful in the defense of America cannot be learned in a month or two.
That sort of training is what the NRA was founded to provide.

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