posted on Jan, 16 2013 @ 08:30 PM
Unfortunately, "assault" weapons as they are being called include many weapons that just really aren't all that dangerous; they just look scary.
There are many common types of "assault weapons" they are talking about being banned that are commonly used in hunting and self defense.
My understanding is that there are a lot of people that choose the "assault weapons" like AR-15s and the like choose them because they are more
comfortable, allow for longer times between reload, and sometimes have less recoil than your stereotypical hunting gun.
Recoil and comfort can be particularly important, and weapon choices are more limited to boot, when you're considering weaponry for smaller men and
many women. Putting a stringent limit on "assault weapons" is bad because the label applies to such a wide arc of guns that many of the weapons that
a smaller man or woman would be likely to use (and would also be more comfortable for a larger man) would be banned. Recoil is a major factor for some
people. If you can't handle the recoil, it can dislocate your shoulder or break your collar bone. So you can't just load everybody up with a 12
gauge or something.
Being a small woman, I'm concerned about safety when I'm home alone. And I'm also concerned about a government that thinks I'm somehow safer in a
society where only criminals with ties to the black market can get guns while the vast majority of the guns that I can get access to in order to
defend myself I won't even be able to handle.
That's my understanding of the issue at hand, anyway.