Even those on the front lines of the fight to defend and extend Americans’ natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms tend to forget that the term “arms” doesn’t just apply to firearms. As the article 10 Crazy Weapons that are Still Legal in the US indicates, the Second Amendment also protects the right to keep and bear cannons, sap caps, crossbows, Katanas, grenade launchers, umbrella swords, one-handed flails, miniguns, chain whips and flamethrowers. I wonder how long tanks will qualify for that list, especially after this incident [via dailymail.co.uk]. . .
A reunion event on the grounds of a candy mogul’s California wine country estate turned tragic Saturday when a guest was smashed to death by a WWII-era tank.
Dwayne Brasher, husband of Jelly Belly CEO Lisa Rowland Brasher–whose candy heir father is an avid collector of WWII tanks–was behind the wheel of the vehicle when a passenger lost his balance and toppled to the ground.
The 54-year-old victim fell directly in the path of the vehicle and was crushed.
It’s not known which vehicle was involved. The candy mogul in question – Jelly Belly owner Herman Rowland – owns a large collection of fully-functional military vehicles, including an 18-ton Abbot 105 mm self-propelled gun, a Super Mack NO 7-1/2 ton truck, an Israeli M-5 half-track, a M-561 Gama Goat, a M-113 Armored Personnel Carrier, and an FV-603 Saracen APC. And, apparently, a tank. Or two.
Actually, I don’t think this tragedy will inspire California’s anti-gun politicians to apply their restless legislative pens to killer tanks/half-tracks or similar. Though you never know. Once they effectively ban the hand-held variety, why not the big guns?