Why Do People Have Assault Weapons? One Owner Explains

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Updated: 4/03/2013 6:12 pm
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A Mossberg 715 looks like a gun a soldier should carry.  It's an assault weapon some politicians would like to ban. 

"The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed."

Jimmy Clifford lives by those words.

"It means that I'm an American," said Clifford.

He grew up around guns, and fondly remembers hunting with his dad at a young age.

"We saw the tracks in the snow, and there was a little clump right there, and dad says why don't you go over there, and kick that.  So, I kicked that little hump in the snow, and it took off, started running, and I got my first rabbit," said Clifford.

He also got dinner.

"We came home, cleaned it, ate it, Momma cooked it up," said Clifford.

As Clifford grew so did his gun collection.  He says he owns about 20, including an assault rifle.

"Put that in there, and then it looks like a military issue rifle," said Clifford. 
"It looks like a death machine," said Aaron Adelson.
"Oh, it does, yea," said Clifford.

He sees no problem with anybody owning a gun looking like a military weapon.  He says anything can be an assault weapon.

"I start beating you with a shovel that would be an assault weapon.  Just because they're putting this and an assault together makes an assault weapon, but it isn't until you use it," said Clifford.

While the military style may appeal to some buyers, Clifford says he likes the rifle's look for a different reason: durability.

"It's not going to scratch up.  It's heavy duty," said Clifford.

Clifford's Mossberg is semi-automatic, he believes fully automatic guns should stay banned. 
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jilligan317 - 4/3/2013 6:13 PM
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I agree with the man that the story was about. He stated very simply that anything can be an assault weapon. I live in Somerset and I don't know the man at all, but I could see that a lot of his explanation about the difference in automatic and semi-automatic was left out. I did not like Christine's delivery of the statement that Lexington is safer because this man is armed. It was sarcasm that was not needed. Please keep your opinions to yourself Christine.
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