What is the difference between an assault weapon and a defensive weapon?


One Firearm’s History

AK-47, also called Kalashnikov Model 1947, is a Soviet assault rifle, possibly the most widely used shoulder weapon in the world. The initials AK represent Avtomat Kalashnikova, Russian for “automatic Kalashnikov,” for its designer, Mikhail Timofeyevich Kalashnikov, who designed the accepted version of the weapon in 1947.” Encyclopedia Britannica AK-47 Soviet firearm

Sometime in the past, I read how Mr. Kalashnikov was hurt that his invention would be called an assault weapon. He created it as a defensive weapon for his country, the USSR. Why would he be motivated to create the AK47 and call it a defensive weapon? Read on.

American History

Coincidence? The same year Kalashnikov invented his defensive weapon for the USSR, The United States of America changed the name of the U.S. War Department to the Department of Defense. Naturally, the Secretary of War was changed to the Secretary of Defense.

Why the changes? What was significant about the year 1947? On May 8, 1945, the war in Europe ended. Later that year, on September 2, 1945, Japan surrendered. WW2 was over.

The USSR suffered 18,000,000 war deaths; the USA suffered 298,000 war deaths. On the enemy side of the war, 4,200,000 Germans and 1,972,000 Japanese perished. Learn more of the sad details of war dead in all nations from Encyclopedia Britannica | Costs of the war: Killed, wounded, prisoners, or missing

1947 was a pivotal year.

Irony. WW1 was known as “the war to end all wars.” WW2 ended, but no one calls it a war to end all wars. Today, communist China aligns with Russia, North Korea, and Iran, all calling for the destruction of the United States of America and Israel.

What’s next? God will have the last word.

The words of Jesus Christ, Matthew 24:6-13

You will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled. For all these things must happen, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines, epidemics, and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of sorrows.

“Then they will hand you over to be persecuted and will kill you. And you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake. 10 Then many will fall away, and betray one another, and hate one another. 11 And many false prophets will rise and will deceive many. 12 Because iniquity will abound, the love of many will grow cold. 13 But he who endures to the end shall be saved.

My grandfather Joseph Warren White fought in the Civil War; my father, Joseph Noel White, in World War 1; my half-brother James White in World War 2; and Vietnam was my war.

In summary

In the end, everyone fights a defensive war. All weapons are defensive weapons. During the American Revolution, Great Britain’s King George III sought to disarm Americans.

The Bill of Rights, the first ten of the twenty-seven amendments to the U.S. federal constitution, was added to defend free people from tyrannical government. Has our government become a threat to our freedom?

Parents who protest onerous school board policies are labeled domestic terrorists and investigated by the FBI. The unconstitutional ATF infringes on our Second Amendment right to disarm law-abiding citizens. Now, the Marxists in the Executive Branch work to establish a central bank digital currency even as the President seeks to greatly expand and arm the IRS.

Yes, the present federal government has become a threat to our freedom.

John White
Rockwall, Texas


Published by John White

A lifetime (over 50 years) of experiences with automation and control systems ranging from aerospace navigation, radar, and ordinance delivery systems to the world's first robotic drilling machine for the oil patch, to process-control systems, energy management systems and general problem-solving. At present, my focus is on self-funding HVAC retrofit projects and indoor air quality with a view to preventing infections from airborne pathogens.

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