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FA is your go-to source for firearms safety, knowledge, and training. Although invented in China in the 12th century AD, guns have become as American as apple pie. Despite being demonized by some, in a "root of all evil" kind of way, the fact remains that at the end of the day a gun is just another tool. It can be used or abused. It can help you or harm you. It can make you safer or put you at risk. The goal of this site is to educate those who wish to get the maximum benefit from a freedom that few others in the world enjoy.
Gunpowder was invented in China in the 9th century AD (800s). Three centuries later, probably after watching many fingers and other assorted body parts go downrange, someone got the bright idea of using gunpowder in a tube to send a projectile downrange. This was nothing more than a cannon on a stick. When the gunpowder was lit the projectile was forced out the end of the tube, along with some gunpowder that was still on fire. By the time this technology reached Europe the term "arm" was already in use in reference to other weapons. Thus, this newfangled flaming weapon became a fire-arm.
Later, cannon-on-a-stick became cannon-in-your-hand. When this proved unwieldy the cannon, now called the barrel, went back on a specially shaped stick, the stock, and was fitted with a mechanism to light the powder called the lock. For centuries lock, stock, and barrel were the only three sub-assemblies in a gun.
But times they were a changing. Starting in 1776 there was a new kid on the block. A kid with dreams and ideas. A kid who wasn't satisfied with the status quo. In America your ideas could become reality.
And turn ideas into reality is exactly what visionaries like Eli Whitney, Samuel Colt, and Oliver Winchester set out to do. Soon there would be a gun to fit any budget and all Americans would have an effective means of defense for self, community, and country.
"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."
Key phrases: the people, keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed
I don't see a lot of wiggle room there.
The right to defend one's self is organic. It is in the nature of every living thing. It only makes sense that we should be at least as well armed as those that seek to do us harm.