Free at last!!!
Does anybody else notice that like just about every arrest made involving the suspect having a firearm one of the charges is “restricted person in possession of a firearm”. Sure sounds to me like criminals that aren’t supposed to have a gun seem to find a way to get guns. It’s almost like barring people from having guns doesn’t work.Interesting this was a 1994 ban, yet a tec-9 was used at Columbine 6 years later. And some version of an AR-15 style gun was used at damn near every mass shooting since. It is almost as if bad guys will get bad guns regardless of their legality status. Nah, can't be that. Must be some other explanation.
This ban is all but meaningless in terms of weapons used in mass shootings. Guns can be modified by the user almost endlessly. When I was in high school a couple of friends and me modified a remington semi-auto 22 LR rifle to fire full auto. It jammed like crazy but when it worked it unloaded the clip fast. It was a tube feed and held like 15 rounds or something. We got it to unload the entire thing in a few seconds. Not hard to add stuff or modify stuff or whatever to do what most of this is trying to stop. And frankly, looking at the guns the person used in the Christian school shootings a couple look to have been modified accordingly.
The bigger problem to me is that both sides look at all or nothing solutions for the most part. The right wants all the guns, the left wants none of the guns, and neither side is trying to find middle ground to build on to actually get us somewhere. In the battle for the Next Great Soundbite (NGSB™) they just spout "NO MORE GUNS", or "EVEN MORE GUNS" and never really discuss anything else (remember it is about getting re-elected, none of these people give a flying **** about any plebes that might get shot, they just use these opportunities to rile up their base and make it through the next election cycle to continue to line their pockets and build their power). It is a meaningless fight with no real outcome in sight. Really I think we are more likely to see a dramatic increase in armed officers of some kind stationed at vulnerable locations, like schools and churches, before we see meaningful gun regulations that actually have an impact on restricting ownership for high-risk individuals.
Hunting. Sure, a bolt action rifle or a pump shotgun can be used; but a semi auto works better. Especially against an animal that fights back when it’s wounded.Disagreed on the 'bad guys get guns' bit above. These folks don't have non-legal methods to acquire these weapons (for the most part), they're not hardened gangsters, they're people that have snapped.
Question for the pro-2A folks - What's a scenario in the modern US where one could realistically need a semi automatic weapon?
I can see some fringe scenarios for folks in rural Alaska and similar where they still have real mega fauna and it feels like a bit of a stretch, but I guess. What else?
Even hiking. I hike quite a bit in areas where mountain lions and other wild cats (bobcats most likely) are often seen. I sure wouldn’t want to come across a mountain lion with a revolver or other single action handgun. I’m a pretty good shot, while standing in a controlled environment aiming at a paper target. Put me in a position where the only thing between my kids and a mountain lion is me and my 9mm? My hands would probably be shaking beyond belief. I’d want to be able to put as many rounds at that thing as quickly as possible.