Representative Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ 9th)
11th-term Democrat from New Jersey.
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Sen. Robert Menendez
Rep. Bill Pascrell

February 9, 2013

as an NCO in the United States Army, I cant believe the absurdities some anti-gun advocates are trying to pass off as factual to try to scare people into thinking that firearms are actually the problem here. I hear terms like "assault weapons" and "automatic weapons" being thrown around without any apparent understanding to what they actually mean. As a personal firearm owner myself, I can say that the rifle I use at work is much different than the cosmetically similar one I personally own. I'm specifically referring to AR-15 variants, one of the most demonized rifle in the American media of my time. The AR's that are sold on the commercial market vary very little from sporting rifles. A pistol grip doesn't make a firearm any more dangerous. Neither does an adjustable buttstock. This is also, by no means an automatic weapon. Add 3 round burst like the M-4 (military version of a carbine length AR-15) I use at work, and that still wouldn't be an automatic weapon, however THAT I can see being labeled as an assault weapon. Without going on to much of a tangent, I just want to say that it is a dark time indeed for law abiding, gun owning, patriotic Americans like myself. I took an oath to defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic, but its times like these that make me a little less proud to.

rutherford , NJ