a reply to: ms898
And tell me, do you believe that there is no legitimate use for a semi automatic firearm of any kind?
Pistols and rifles all alike, no excuse or use for any semi automatic weapon in America today? I think you may have been duped there, to be quite
frank. There are lots of incidents involving a totally legitimate use of such firearms to defend the home, and communities in general from criminals,
that you could go and look up. But these incidents do not fit the narrative that the media are pushing, that being guns are bad, wait for the cops and
pray in the meantime, for goodness sake do not fight back... All familiar.
The reality of the situation is this:
While armed thugs are running about using guns to rob homeowners, to hold up convenience stores, to commit acts of mass murder, it makes little sense
to limit Joe Average to some sort of bolt action remnant of yesteryear, when the threats he will be facing as a member of the public would render such
a tool impotent at best, and a liability at worst, in a critical situation.
Joe is about to go to bed, when his wife stirs having heard a noise downstairs. Quietly, he grabs up his rifle, and a handful of ammunition, then
puts his dressing gown on so that he can use the pockets to carry bullets in. He chambers a round, carefully slapping the bolt into place and readying
the rifle to fire. He takes to the stairs, panning back and forth, waiting for a target. He spots someone all in black, pistol in one hand, crowbar
hung at his hip. Joe fires, and misses. The adrenaline in his system, and a lack of a will to kill the invader force his hands to shake.
He retreats under return fire, back up the stairs while the infiltrator shoots five or six times in his direction. Joe finally reaches the cover of
the landing (unlikely, since his assailant would probably have hit him with at least one of the handful of shots he got off). While Joe Average
manfully clears the spent casing from his personal defence weapon, his assailant, who has not had to reload, and does not have to manually load each
round, takes to the stairs and gives chase.
The invader is halfway up the stairs now, and Joe is fumbling in his pocket for a round, amongst the fluff that always builds up in a dressing gown
pocket. He grasps a round, goes to pull it from his pocket, but it gets caught on his pockets edge, and flips out of his hand. He desperately
scrambles for another round, finally getting one into the breech. Before he can chamber the round and ready the rifle to fire, his assailant gains the
landing and has Joe dead to rights, with what may as well be a club for all the use it will be, till the bolt gets pushed home.
If Joe had of been carrying a rifle with a thirty round magazine, he would not have had to fumble. If the weapon he had was not bolt action, but semi
automatic, he could have kept firing as he walked down the stairs, forcing the attacker to flee, or injuring the invader beyond their ability to
respond. He could also have stayed on the landing, gone prone, and held the attacker at bay for an extended period, even with shaking hands. As it is,
slowing down a homeowner defending his home is not going to slow down a criminal. Not one bit.