Happy New Year Cowboys! LOL
Okay, for those who research stats and studies, how many mass shootings have there been in the past 20 years with fully autoamtic weapons in the United States? Machine Guns?
I doubt you'll find any......why is that? Perhaps because they are highly restricted!
You can own a 50 cal machine gun, just get a FFA license and enough money to buy one. You can also own your own tank capable of firing but you'd need to make your own ammunition. The only weapons that are not in civilian/corporate hands are the really espensive stuff, like battleships, missels and fighter planes I guess.
Gun restrictions do work.
Mine are now under double locks, with one exception and that's a secret, no one but me knows where it is, I doubt the police could find it with x-raying the place.
Having lived in Europe I can tell you gun incidents are rare, they have shotguns for sport and hunting. Civilians don't carry handguns. They do have criminals but it is very hard for them to get thier hands on any gun.
But, using stats from Europe are not statistically valid as there are influences to and on the population samples that are significantly different, that is attitudes! I bet you'd need to talk to a thousand europeans to find one that has even similar gun right views as someone from Texas. They do not glamorize guns as we do, in our history, movies, TV or socially. I use to shoot skeet in team competition and even the sportsmen in europe have a totally different attitude, they are very responsible and keep guns as secured as possible at all times, probably because if thier gun gets out and is involved in criminal activity, they go to jail!
Around here, there are red necks with all kinds of rifles and shotguns on a gun rack in the back window of thier pickup! Do they just want to show them off? Is there a message there, don't mess with me? Are these guys our civilian protectors, the wannabies of law enforcement? It's cultural, americans raised around guns and the false sence of security perceived from having one. A gun owner here is 10 times more likely of having a gun incident shooting themselves or someone in thier household than shooting an intruder or defending themselves in a gun fight.
I agree that guns will always be out there, I really don't think any sane person advocates the taking of all guns, I don't.
While I don't see any real need for a 30 round magazine, since I own an AR-15 I have several.....loading is kind of a pain. I can still change out a 20 round (I don't have a 10 round, rather odd for the AR) in about two seconds. In the Army we taped them one upside down, just made it quicker instead of pulling it out of the ammo pack, you can tape three as well, that's 90 rounds, but you need to hold on to them and they get heavy. That just isn't needed at all in civilain life and taping mags, from what I understand is illegal here.
I'll stop ranting, point of gun restrictions is not so much about having some nut or criminal follow the law as it is about lawful owners controlling the guns out there. Next issue is mental health of owners and in the Sandy Hook incident a gun owner keeping guns secured away from someone who was known to have mental issues. If she had properly secured those weapons and kept the key locations secret from the family, there might be 26 people alive today.
If some nut can go to a gun show and buy a gun, that is a problem.
And there is more blood on the hands of the NRA influencing politicians than by those killed in military conflict. The NRA has kept the ATF from being allowed to communicate with terrorist lists, any mental hospital records, keeping any record of secondary market purchase and other tools that might be used to enforce current gun laws. Gun manufactures are more than willing to allow guns to float around unrestricted, used in criminal activity, and mass shootings as an acceptable collateral damage issue to thier profits. And while the NRA is disguised as a gun saftey and educational organization they are actually the mouthpiece of gun manufactures. They use paranoia and fear as thier marketing plan.
I agree that technology can help greatly. As to high tech guns, finger print technology, that would help ensure only the owner had access. An argument by those opposed would probably be from some fantasy event where the owner was incapacitated and a family memebr counldn't use the weapon to save lives. A real issue is the cost, the cost to add such technology and the cost to buy it, what manufacture wants to increase the price of thier product without providing a higher functional use or enjoyment, few gun owners are so responsible that they would be willing to pay more for a safety feature, IMO.
Wow, articles every month of a couple stories where a civilian with a gun prevented criminal activity or saved someone.....what is that, possibly a hundred issues a year compared to the thousands arising out of the lack of control, lack of owner responsibility and criminal use?
So, I revert to my original post where things need to change. IMO!