reply to post by Wiregrab
If the man wants background checks and bans on automatic weapons, he already has them. If you purchase a firearm from a licensed dealer at any
venue, including gun shows and online, you're going to have to submit to a background check at some point before taking possession of that firearm.
That's the law already. At least some states don't require one on private sales, but I don't know how they realistically expect to enforce that,
anyway. In theory, I'm not against it, I suppose, as long as that's all it is.
Deer with an AR-15? Its already illegal in most states, but probably not for the reason you think. As it turns out, .223/5.56 is considered too
weak to take deer quickly and humanely, and most states don't allow it for that reason. Its probably the weakest centerfire round in common use,
and for civilians, those uses are primarily recreation (because ammo is cheap and plentiful) and pest control, which is what it was designed for. As
for the magazines, with so many of them floating around already, attempting to 'control' them is going to be an exercise in futility, especially
in the coming age of 3d printing.
Automatic weapons? They're not technically illegal, but they're already much more heavily regulated as NFA weapons than what you can typically buy
in a gun store. There's a more extensive background check process, but not only that, the price to play that game will run you into the many
thousands of dollars for the rifle, and, of course, burning through ammunition at that rate isn't cheap, either. As for .50 caliber weapons,
although they're not regulated under the NFA, the financial cost is prohibitive, and aside from a wealthy few, again, not many are going to
bother. Both are essentially a non-issue.
Finally, as for the anti-Constitution tirade, let me remind you that in spite of having the third highest population in the world, the population
density of the United States is one of the world's lowest. In other words, we still have huge tracts of rural territory. Until the police and
local sheriff's depts can ensure quick response times, your argument is going to fall on deaf ears. Even in semi-rural areas, it usually takes at
least half an hour for them to arrive. If you live out there and don't have a means of defending yourself, well, good luck with that if you ever
need it, because law enforcement isn't going to be there for a while.