Originally posted by Douggie
reply to post by fmcanarney
True True, But then again. This was drawn up and adapted when foraging and hunting for food was 90% of how they ate.
What about the policemans safety?
I mean I dont see why giving up a "assault" weapon should be considered impeding anyones right. Sure you can have your weapons. But why have a m60?
Sure theyre cool. But the only real reason besides showing off to your buddies. Would be to do something you shouldnt.
Trust me, I would be the last one you would think to make this argument. I have a pretty good sized collection.
You can apply that logic to a number of different products on the market. Why own a Corvette? The only reason besides showing off to your buddies
is to do something you shouldn't. How about those 100hp, 1000cc motorcycles that are readily available to the public? I wonder how many those
kill every year? You can argue intent and purpose all you want, the result is the same.
Of the 14,500 murders that occur on average in the United States every year, about 9,500 involve a firearm. Of these, about 7,500 involve a
handgun. Less than 500 typically involve a rifle of any kind, much less an assault rifle. So here's my question: when such a small percentage
of murders involve this type of weapon, what's the point? There isn't one. Four times as many people are killed yearly from knife wounds.
Nearly twice as many are killed accidentally on bicycles
. In fact, twice as many people are killed from falling in the United States each
year than by firearms of any kind (again, discounting suicide).
Its not going to deter crime. Very few criminals use scary assault rifles. They use cheap, easily concealed handguns. I'm not in favor of
banning those, either, but if you're looking for a problem, its not with the $1,000 AR-15 that some guy uses to shoot paper targets on the
So again, I ask, what's the point? If its not going to deter violent crime, and the statistics state that its almost 20 times more likely that
a criminal will use a handgun rather than a rifle of any type, it seems to me that the point is simply to punish law-abiding firearms owners.
[edit on 20-10-2008 by vor78]