In response to "Assault Weapons — The Myth", I hope to clarify a couple of observations. My observation is that an AR-15 and a Russian AK-47 are two entirely different weapons. The AR-15 can only be used as a "semi automatic" where the shooter had to pull the trigger for each bullet expelled. The AK has three options, semi-automatic, burst, or full automatic where the shooter does not have to keep pulling the trigger to expel a round.

I don't see where the barrel has anything to do with it. Obviously one cannot "fire two rounds at the same time", nor can two autos occupy the same space at the same time ... hence a wreck. I would ask the reader if all of these "guns" are semi automatic what would you classify as an automatic weapon? Just trying the facts straight ... correct me if I am wrong.

Steve Eckard

Rockingham

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freeride

If you own an AK-47 that has a functional burst setting then it is illegal unless you have applied for and received paperwork showing you can legally own it. It is very expensive by the way. You cannot just purchase a fully auto firearm without being a licensed gun dealer or go through extensive background checks! The AR-15 does not have a burst setting or auto select unlike the military issue M-16 or M-4 which look similar. The AR-15 may look like a military weapon but it is not and does not function like one. A .22 semi auto can be fired just as fast as an AR-15 .223 cal. or any semi auto hunting rifle!

LVW

Don't they both hurt when you get shot by them?

prodigalson

Yes LVW, they do hurt just as much if you get shot by them. But that's not the point. The Demokkkrats would have us believe that they don't want to eliminate private ownership of firearms at all, only "military style assault weapons". They are lying. Freeride is correct. The AR-15 is functionally no different than the semi-automatic hunting rifles that many sportsmen have in their gun cabinets. It simply looks "scarier" to people who have no in depth knowledge of firearms. True military style assault weapons have been banned for years(the exception being those who apply for, and receive, special permits). The AR-15 is nothing more than a hunting rifle (in fact, I know people who actually hunt with them) that looks like a military rifle, but that's where the similarity ends. The hope on the left is that by banning AR-15s, it will further open the door to banning other semi-automatic hunting riles, and eventually, all guns. Incrementalism has worked for the left in other areas of our society, and they are attempting to use it with this issue in order to achieve their eventual goal of banning all firearms. It's not difficult to figure out.

bishopsboy

You nailed it, Prince Prodigal.

LVW

I think they just want to make it harder for some unhinged lunatic to mow down a dozen people at a time. Making fun of someone for using the wrong adjective to describe a firearm is simply a red herring, one that is used a lot on this site.

bishopsboy

LVW: If liberals want to keep unhinged lunatics from shooting up people, they need to support institutionalizing the lunatics before they go on their rampages rather than banning “dangerous looking” guns. The one (and probably only thing) I disagreed with President Reagan over was his defunding of the Mental Health Systems Act in 1981. I think most Americans would support new legislation to keep these nuts in padded rooms and off the streets. As I’m sure you know, most of these lunatic shooters were known to have had mental health issues long before they killed anyone. Early intervention would have prevented the shootings – problem solved.

prodigalson

Thank you Mufalme Bishopsboy, my Royal Zambian Brother. Your post about keeping lunatics in institutions where they belong is on the money as well. As always, I agree with you 100%.

LVW

Bb: I agree with that.

freeride

JFK was killed in a moving vehicle from 100yds. away by a man shooting a bolt action rifle which is much slower to shoot than a semi-auto rifle yet he got off 4 or 5 rounds before the car sped away .....does that make anyone feel safer? A tool is a tool period....the human being using the tool is what we should be focusing on.

bishopsboy

Spot on, freeride. Virtually any tool that is misused can cause injury or death. The problem is not the availability of the tool but rather the few disturbed individuals who elected to misuse them. We should be actively identifying them and getting them the psychological help they need. It might even get some potential rapists, murderers, and child molesters off the streets sooner too.

LVW

fr and Bb: Oh please. That is a tired and lame argument. Take two equally deranged lunatics, give one a chair and the other an AK-47. Which one will cause more harm, do ya think?

bishopsboy

LVW: in the hands of a martial arts master, a chair can be deadlier than an AK-47 and kill more people.

LVW

Bb: You are being ridiculous.

bishopsboy

LVW: an AK runs out of bullets, a chair does not.

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