The Florida Legislature prudently disagrees with the utterly stupid and Communist idea of banning assault weapons. Here's a good reason: An AR15 is a semi-automatic rifle that can hold a 10, 15, 20, or 30-round magazine. That does not make it an assault rifle. An assault rifle like the M4 Carbine has a switch for selecting safe, semi-automatic, or either fully automatic (M4A1, see photo) or 3-round burst mode (M4). The automatic and burst modes are for target practice and and killing people, not game animals.
But more importantly, the individual responsible adult citizen has the constitutionally guaranteed right AND the DUTY as a local militia member to own and possess small arms as functional and effective as the best small arms the military provides to its soldiers. Dude. Yes. We should have fully automatic weapons suitable for slaughtering the enemy in a pitched or emergency battle, including individual or groups of thugs attempting or threatening to mug, rob, rape, pillage, or plunder.
Military service is not intended to pussify recruits into fearing dangerous firearms in the hands of responsible citizens. It is intended to turn recruits into disciplined combatants who can go into warrior mode and become intensely and lethally dangerous to a foreign or domestic enemy when the need arises.
Why does individual lethality become so important?
Because we, the people, cannot EVER depend upon Government's military, sheriffs, or police to protect us from invasion, insurrection, or random criminal activity. In fact, the Supreme Court ruled in 2005 that police have no legal duty to protect people, not even under an injunction. Seehttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Town_of_Castle_Rock_v._Gonzales.
The US Constitution's 2nd Amendment provides this:
"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."
I don't believe I have read a clearer, more concise provision in the Constitution than the 2nd Amendment. It acknowledges that the people must have combat weapons (arms) to function as soldiers in a militia, and that they must have those arms available at all times for defense of their persons, family, home, property, community, and other rights, including hunting, target practice, and drilling, maneuvering, and bivouacking with the militia. One armed citizen standing guard against rioters at the community entrance can constitute a militia.
People learn quickly in life how dangerous government can and does become through its laws, its armed investigators, its secret agents, its police and code enforcers, its courts and sheriffs, and its military. People intuitively know that the Constitution is just a piece of paper with no means of enforcing its provisions.
How then do those provisions get enforced? They get enforced through the collective will of an armed populace, most especially through the militia. The militia IS the local, militant force of the people of the several states.
Federal law provides for a militia in the form of the National Guard of the United States and separate National Guards of the several states. The President runs the US National Guard, and the Governors run their state National Guards. The Constitution requires Congress and the States to organize, arm, train, and provide leadership for the militia.
But what happens when the people and the governments operate at cross purposes, or when the government fails in its duty?
Only one force stands between the people and an abusive, tyrannical government, or individual tyrants in government: the local militia organized, armed, trained, and led by the local citizenry. In case you haven't stopped to notice, governments have sneakily, nastily encroached on numerous constitutional rights, especially the right to keep and bear arms, and the people have done nothing about it because we have no organized militia. If this bothers you, get busy organizing and joining a local militia today. And POUND on your legislators to remove restriction on the right to keep and bear arms.
Take note that school teachers should demand for the schools or the local militia to arm and train them so that they can shoot and kill malefactors who threaten to hurt them or their wards.