posted on Dec, 20 2012 @ 09:44 AM
Originally posted by Flavian
Originally posted by Answer
Originally posted by Flavian
reply to post by oper8zhin
Also, can anybody explain the need to me to own assault weapons? I can understand the arguments for both hunting rifles and hand guns (if properly
legislated) but why assault weapons?
I can understand the need for vans and compact cars, but why sports cars? Can you explain the need to own a car that can attain speeds over 80
The logic applies to many items that people choose to own, but the "assault weapon" is much easier to demonize because it is completely
misunderstood by the majority of people. Firearms that can be classified as assault weapons are used in less than 1% of crimes. Why, then, is there
a drive to ban this type of firearm? Because they're used in 1 or 2 very highly publicized crimes each year? Strangely, the other 363 days out of
the year, the 15 or so MILLION privately owned assault weapons in the US aren't doing anything wrong.
The idea of banning a weapon that is used in a tiny fraction of crime, just because those crimes are more highly publicized, would be legislation
based on flash-in-the-pan emotional response instead of logic. Just because you can't see a use for something, doesn't mean there isn't one.
I am sorry but that is a completely asinine argument. Why do you need to own an assault rifle? What purpose does it serve that makes your life
complete? I take your point about the low number of crime stats and assault rifles but you haven't explained why you need one. Instead, you have come
back with an illogical argument to fudge the issue.
Look, at the end of the day, these are arguments and decisions you need to be having amongst yourselves (rather than with us outsiders). Without any
compromise from gun owners, this sort of thing is going to continue - and probably get worse if recent history is anything to go by. Your society so
you need to decide how to deal with it. If you are happy to carry on regardless, then so be it. It really wouldn't say much for you as decent humans
though if you think this sort of atrocity is acceptable, just in order to keep hold of your guns.
The reason I don't answer with a use is because you already know what the uses are, it's been repeated OVER and OVER that shooters use them for
hunting, target shooting, competition, recreation, etc. but you deny that those are valid reasons. That is the core problem with this issue. I will
never be able to explain, to your satisfaction, why I want to own the types of firearms that I enjoy owning. You'll simply dismiss every reason as
paranoia, some shortcoming, or a mental disorder.
I enjoy collecting them, shooting them, and tinkering with them. That should be all the justification I need when it is a perfectly legal item to
own. I'm sure I could find multiple items in your home right now that I see no use for and would be perfectly happy banning... but I don't feel
that I have the right to dictate how someone else spends their money and free time.
There were laws in place in CT that regulated the exact type of firearm and magazines used in the shooting but it prevented nothing so right there
your illogical argument that more laws will prevent these types of events is falsified.