At 12/21/12 04:05 PM, EmmaVolt wrote:
At 12/21/12 03:33 PM, 919CDS wrote:
Not all semi-autos are assault rifles, but all assault rifles are semi-auto.
In order to be a true assault rifle it must be selective fire and therefore have the capability of burst or full-auto fire. Furthermore, the rate of fire has very, very little to do with it's lethality.
That's not to say it has zero effect like flash suppressors, pistol grips, bayonet lugs, barrel shrouds, or even 'grenade' launchers (this last mostly includes 37mm flare launchers and adapters to fire impossible to get Russian hand grenades).
But it usually means a shooter hits less people and are genuinely inaccurate.
Cars, tobacco, and alcohol are not designed to kill or incapacitate.
While on the surface this is good point...it is rather irrelevent. The incidence of dying from a firearm is very, very low. If you are a law abiding citizen the chances of you being murdered are slim.
In terms of accidents, for being more prolific than cars less people die and are injured by guns than by cars. Then there are secondary effects such as air pollution.
Also, shooting/hunting are sports. Sports include some degree of risk. So then shall we also outlaw personal watercraft (about a 150 more people die in boating accidents per year than gun accidents)?
When you pull back and look at this from a big picture perspecitve and look at the trends...many of the gun-control arguments dissapate.
At 12/21/12 04:40 PM, Feoric wrote:
Most of the people who die in cars are results of accidents. The key word here being "accident."
Actually...some municipalities are charging drunk drivers with murder and manslaughter. Taking this into account about 18K Americans are murdered by drunk drivers a year. About 16K-18K are murdered with firearms.
I mean really...who needs a sportscar or SUV? Especially if your job doesn't require you to have one? ;)