I've finally reached the point that a so-called "assault weapon" chambered for merely the .50 Beowulf isn't enough for me (although I am of course keeping it, and the 6.5mm Grendel). I needed the real .50 caliber--the one that terrifies the cud-chewers (and certain domestic enemies). Gotta have the .50 BMG.
I'm blaming David Codrea for inspiring me on this. It was from him that I found out that the BATFE was planning to designate .50 BMG upper receivers for AR-15s as "firearms," subject to all the restrictions applied to other firearms.
That was one year ago today, and as often happens when new gun restrictions are being discussed, I was inspired to get the very thing that was to be restricted. The BATFE has not, to this point, moved to implement such a policy, perhaps due in part to the attention David's warning brought to it.And David certainly cannot be stuck with all the blame. The fact that California democrats Senator Dianne Feinstein and Representative Henry Waxman are both desperately frightened of the .50 BMG's ability to defeat the armor of a politician's limousine, even at long ranges, makes the acquisition of such an arm quite tempting all by itself. As I said before:
But what made the idea of getting a .50 BMG AR-15 upper receiver utterly irresistible for me was finding out that there is a way to do it in such a way that the finished gun is a magazine-fed repeater. And as of today, I have what has to be one of the only repeating .50 BMG "pistols" in the world. Illinois Governor Pat Quinn hijacked a perfectly good bill, passed by an overwhelming bipartisan majority, and turned it into a bill to ban, among other things, guns just like that one. Perhaps he is getting nervous about the limitations of his limousine's armor.
The common theme here is that Feinstein, Waxman and others seem to have identified .50 caliber rifles as a personal threat to their own lives.
This is a good thing. Those who take it upon themselves to write the laws by which the rest of us must live should fear the wrath of the people they seek to govern. For the nation to be truly free, those who seek to exceed the limits on their power imposed by the Constitution must be made to live in mortal terror of the consequences.