Shotguns are here often semi automatic. As semiautomatic shotgun with a clip of two is lighter than double barreled shotgun and easier to operate than pump action. Two quick shots are sometimes very important when shooting birds to ensure quick death.
Target shooters sometimes like semi automatic. Imagine playing darts with single dart. Doesn't it seem kind of frustrating to walk to the board after every throw? Target shooters might wish to concentrate making a good series without loading movement breaking their sight picture between every shot.
By any chance did you mean "full-automatics"?
PS. Personally I don't understand who the hell needs a muzzle loader. Or a bow. Or a Bowie knife. And baseball to me doesn't seem fun enough to justify baseball bats. And I certainly don't understand why anyone ever would need a Dodge Viper.
I am in favor of semi-automatic rifles. Pistols and shotguns are great for self defense against criminals. Semi-automatic assault rifles are for those who come to take the guns away. I think the best defense against a corrupt government is a well armed civilian population.
Silly rabble-rousing. The government will not come knocking on your door with tanks unless you start a cult and kill a few dozen people. If you break the law, it is right and proper that you should be a sitting duck. If you don't, then the only thing you have to be worried about is the entire government someday becoming so corrupt that it pointlessly (key word) attacks its own citizens.
People from north Yugoslavia in 1991 probably thought it would be pointless for the Yugoslavian government to attack them. Actually majority of all Yugoslavians probably thought so. Algerians probably thought so too and Libyans and Egyptians.
Now if you think about the year 2015 or 2030 I think you are completely right. But your constitution has stood for more than 200 years. What will U.S. look in the year 2213? What kind of laws you should now have to ensure a nice democratic state? You don't have marines vs. army and air force vs. navy just because it's handy to separate these things. You have your force divided to four sectors so that it would be difficult for military junta to form simultaneously at every military sector.
Here in Finland the setting is completely different. Government doesn't have that bad monopoly of violence as it relies on civilian reserves for defense. And we don't have two party system.
PS. Then there is bad stuff that doesn't require an actual attack. How would you feel if government would issue obligatory surveillance cameras to every household?
I have no idea what an assault rifle would do to a buffalo. Considering big-game hunters need extremely high-powered single-shot rifles, I don't know. (Or maybe they don't anymore; I only read about elephant hunting when it's romanticized in 19th century adventure novels so I'm out of date.)
They will never outright make guns illegal. I think anyone who passes a background check should be able to own as many firearms as they wish. Making firearms more difficult to purchase will just restrict average citizens from arming themselves. Criminals can't legally purchase guns now yet they can easily buy them on the street. People will always find a replacement weapon to kill with if they are set on doing so.
Mental illness may not correlate with gun violence due to the number of drug and domestic murders, but I bet it correlates to mass murder. My colleague thinks that most mass murderers are likely undiagnosed schizophrenics, given that they are so often 16-24 year old males, a demographic known for onset of symptoms. We need to change our privacy laws to allow background checks to include mental illness checks.
not really, a check in all schools by a psychiatrist at the start of the year, i think it would be okay, I see it more as a free diagnosis than a privacy thing... as long as i know what i've been diagnosed with
Not the most imaginitive tag, but it's all I could come up with.
There are many facets to gun violence in the US. However, when it comes to these mass shootings, the inability to keep guns out of the hands of the mentally ill is the glaring failure that they all have in common. There are many steps that can be taken to improve this situation. However, the most obvious one is tighter screening of gun buyers.