posted on Aug, 7 2008 @ 09:46 AM
On top of believing that banning guns is total nonsense, I find it scary how many people from the US are so ill informed about gun laws in this
country. First off, the laws vary from state to state. For instance, what is totally legal in Texas or Pennsylvania may get you thrown in prison in
New York. Some states make it very easy for a citizen in good standing to carry a firearm on their person, some states completely ban it. For
instance, Washington DC was the focus of gun laws, where they outright banned handguns, even in the home, yet DC has some of the highest gun crime in
Anyway, in order to purchase a firearm, even in a state where it is fairly simply to do, you still have to at least go through a Federal background
check before you receive the firearm. I saw someone post about a 10-15 day wait on handguns. This is not the case in all states. For instance, I
could walk into a gun store now, and walk out in about 1/2 hour with a handgun.
There is also too much use of assault/automatic/and semi-automatic being used interchangeably. A semi automatic rifle fires one shot per trigger
pull, just like your average deer hunting rifle. "Assault rifle" has largely become a term based on appearance, not on function. An assault rifle
is one that has a high rate of automatic fire, there are no semi automatic "assault rifles", no matter how many times the media says there are.
Automatic rifles (the type the military and some police use) are HIGHLY regulated. For instance, I could buy a semi automatic version of the M-16/4
(known as the AR15) for arount $900. If I wanted the fully automatic M16/4 just like the military and police may use, it will probably cost $15-20k
just for the gun, then on top of that, I must pay a $200 tax stamp, along with having the local police do an extensive backround check on me, which is
much more scrutinizing than the standard check done at a gun dealer.
The use of automatic weapons in crimes in this country is less than 1%, I think it is basically almost 0%
The reason fully automatic weapons are so expensive is because none have been imported/sold for civilian use since 1986, so there is a very limited
number of them, which makes the price very very high.
People seem to get the idea that everyone in the US is running around with guns acting like some sort of cowboy, when this is very far from the truth,
even in southern states. Heck, a lot of people aren't even aware you can have a permit to carry a handgun.
When I go to the gun range, you know what I see? Is it a bunch of crazed hillbillies just looking to kill someone? Nope, I see businessmen, women,
entire families, fathers bonding with sons. Everyone having a good time, smiling, allowing each other to shoot their guns, an overall good time.
Sorry, but "gun culture" just isn't what people want to make it out to be. It's generally just a fun loving bunch of people who share a common
bond, and are some of the kindest, friendliest people you will ever meet.
I have seen this culture from many sides in this country, from the northeast, to the south, to the west, all different demographics from trailer parks
to 5 million dollar homes, and the people largely remain the same. Just people who enjoy collecting and shooting, and also share a joint belief in
the right to self defense.
Criminals don't fit into true american "gun culture"