Patrick Murphy, Opinion, MSNBC

This Thursday, Valentine’s Day, will be the two month anniversary of the Sandy Hook massacre. Since that tragic day, more than 1,763 Americans have been killed by gun violence (@GunDeaths). The debate over assault rifles has led me to reminisce about my own experience with these weapons–which I’ll admit is more than most–and the continued inaction of the U.S. Congress.

When I was in the army, we spent so much time with our assault rifles that we sang about dating them (“Used to date a beauty queen, now I date my M-16”). When I was in boot camp, I learned how to take it apart and put it back together, practically with my eyes closed. By the time I went to Iraq, I could shoot “expert.”

So it’s fair to say that I’m comfortable with guns. But I’ve also seen first hand what an assault weapon can do the human body and I can tell you this: there isn’t a civilian in America who needs one. And if you do want to use an assault weapon, join the Army. I promise you’ll get plenty of practice…

Read the entire article at