Due to the swirling, incessant talk, across all types of media, about restricting certain types of firearms due to them being more 'deadly' I
decided to make this short, educational thread. A gun is a tool, tools have purposes. I will explain some of them to you.
Exhibit A, a Smith and Wesson, semi-automatic 'assault rifle', a 'military style' weapon capable of firing, at least in my state, a ten round
magazine as fast as someone can pull the trigger. It is black, it is tricked out and it certainly looks 'evil'. It is fitted with a sinister front
pistol grip for accuracy when standing and a bipod (not pictured) for when one is in the prone position. It fires the readily available NATO .223/556
caliber ammunition in full metal jacket:
Exhibit B, a Winchester lever action 'hunting rifle'. It was a gift from my father and has a beautiful wooden stock and hand grip, called the
'furniture' (which I polish after each use), and 10X scope. It fires the Winchester .308 ammunition from a 5 round magazine:
Exhibit C, a side by side comparison of the .223 and .308 ammunition:
A person does not need to be proficient in firearms to discern that one is significantly larger than the other.
Exhibit D, the .308 soft point ammunition used for hunting:
Both calibers in Exhibit C are designed to maim and wound. The ammunition in Exhibit D is designed with one purpose, to kill and to kill effectively.
Now the question; which rifle is more 'dangerous'?
If you said the scary 'assault rifle' armed with NATO .223 ammunition then you would be incorrect. The .308 lever action is tremendously more
dangerous and once loaded with the soft point ammunition is outright deadly. There is a chance you will survive and encounter with a .223, and maybe
even the .308 full jacketed ammunition, but the .308 soft point is going to ruin your day.
So before you fall into the media trap of wanting to ban the 'scary' firearms do some research on weapons and ammunition capabilities. Additionally,
be mindful of pitfalls of dissecting firearms homicides as the majority of them are not by any of the weapons or ammunition addressed in this thread
but by handguns.