posted on Feb, 26 2018 @ 05:03 AM
I'll s&f ya. Nice collection of figures. I think you're barking up the wrong tree, though. Here's my thought process:
Fully-automatic firearms are illegal in most if not all states without a special license. Modifying a semi-auto for fully auto fire is similarly
illegal. An AR-15 is an air-cooled, gas-operated, shoulder fired, magazine-fed, semi-automatic 5.56mm weapon. Legal, right? Modifying it to operate
otherwise is illegal, just like sawing off the barrel of a shotgun; illegal. So we've got a rifle which is semi-auto, and works real good as long as
you keep it clean(Kalashnikovs don't require as much cleaning, and are easier to modify for full-auto, which is why it makes sense the AR-15 is great
for America.) Regulating the magazine capacity, in my mind, would be a great way to regulate the use of the weapon. If i'm not mistaken, this has
already been put in place.
Handguns come in a variety of calibers, but they are generally an air-cooled pistol. They may be magazine or cylinder-fed, semi-automatic, single, or
double action, in various combinations. Non-exclusively, for instance the Glock is called a "safe-action" pistol, in that it requires a full
depression of the trigger in order to discharge. There will be other people more knowledgable than me with regards to the disparities, but my
takeaway is that handguns (let's just call them 'pistols' because let's face it, pretty much every gun is a 'hand gun') are a much greater threat, and
are used in more murders than rifles, such as the AR-15, by far. So when we talk about gun control, does it makes sense to take away semi-auto
rifles, or semi-auto pistols, which are used in the most murders?
Now we get to the Constitutionality of rescinding the right to own semi-auto weapons. Is there a use for semi-auto while hunting. Of course there
is. When people think about hunting, they think immediately about deer, duck, or turkey hunting. Ambush-style hunting. But what about boars? I
somehow simultaneously regret and am stoked to inform the reader that wild boars are an invasive species in some parts of the country, and for sport
people sometimes hunt them with spears! Does that seem barbaric to you? Do you feel that killing wild boars with spears and knives is less humane
than simply shooting them with a rifle? Have you ever been charged at by a wild boar? What if you miss your first shot? Wouldn't it be nice to have
a semi-automatic rifle to chamber that next round for you? Or maybe it's just more civilized to let the boar gore you while you cycle the weapon
manually, as prescribed by the Government. Wouldn't it be nice to have a sidearm, perhaps a pistol holstered in case your primary weapon, be it a
rifle or a spear, were to fail? What if you fail to strike a killing blow, merely wounding and incapacitating the animal. Would it be more humane to
end the creature's suffering with: a) slicing it's throat with your knife, or b) shooting it through the head with your gun? Of course, you'd choose
c) buy your kale and tofu at the supermarket.
That was snarky. My point is that the 2nd amendment has nothing to do with defending against a totalitarian govt. We do that by voting. The 2nd
amendment is to defend against foreign invasion, to provide a common defense, and to provide personal security and welfare. When governments begin
rounding up guns, that's when the trouble begins. It's like, say the government, having done away with guns, started taking away personal automobiles
because some people use them irresponsibly. How would that go over. Yes, they make it easy to run over pedestrians. Doesn't mean the govt. needs to
confiscate them. Should the government have a say in how fast your car can go? Sure. Or it's gas mileage, or whether it has seatbelts, or how it's
emissions smell? Sure. Can't ban them though.