posted on Jun, 13 2016 @ 11:08 AM
originally posted by: Verse
Can you not agree though that if finding assault rifles was harder then maybe, just maybe..at least one of those type of shootings wouldn't happen? I
do realize these guns are already for sale in the black market but not everybody is fit for that...it could probably save someone. Besides, when you
think of RIGHTS...owning an assault rifle isn't really high on the list. I just don't see it, I'm sorry. Obviously there is no way of eliminating guns
BUT! if in the future access to them would be made harder and there'd be less assault rifles in the market..the next joe blow couldn't easily get one.
We've seen awfully lotta cases recently where americans bought rambo-like weaponry legally when they had no reason to..(mental problems etc.) It's
this whole system that's gone bonkers..we can't eliminate this problem but I do believe there is a way to decrease it.
There are already so many so-called 'assault rifles' and semi-automatic handguns in circulation that I don't think it will make a nickel's worth of
difference, to be quite honest. Just about everyone that ever thought they might want one has at least one at this point, and if they don't have one,
they can get one. Confiscation would be all but impossible, both legally and practically. So that standing base of 20 million or so 'assault
rifles', another 50 million or more semi-auto hunting rifles and shotguns, plus yet another 100 million or more semi-auto handguns aren't going
anywhere. And then there's the even more ridiculous number of 'high capacity' magazines already floating around out there.
Aside from that, though, you're going to run into another major problem. The market and the industry will adapt existing designs and create new
ones to get around it. We've seen the industry play around with those over the last few years, with pump action versions of AR-15s, 'tactical'
lever action rifles, bolt actions that take AR-style mags, etc. Some of them work better than others, but the industry would get it sorted quickly
enough. Now, someone is going to say that we could restrict or ban any of these, too, but then, that's basically the gun owners' point. They
don't believe for a nanosecond that you're going to stop with semi-auto 'assault rifles' and that's why there's so much backlash against gun control.
Regardless, I think that what you gain from banning 'assault rifles' would be surprisingly little, that these incidents would still happen, and that
all you're really going to accomplish would be to take away the rights of tens of millions of people that aren't doing anything wrong.