This is an AR 15.
It shoots either a .223 Remington cartridge or a 5.56×45mm NATO cartridge. The bullet’s speed is 993 meters per second. It is an excellent Military use weapon as it can be either full or semi-automatic…and it fires in semi-auto mode as quickly as it is possible to pull the trigger. It is self-loading which makes it faster to shoot as well. It can hold a magazine for up to 30 cartridges. It is designed to kill humans as quickly as possible. It is designed to kill as many humans as possible in that short period of time.
It is “fun” to shoot. There is little recoil, which makes it more attractive to people who shoot.
This is an M1 Garand rifle.
The Garand shoots a .30-06 Springfield cartridge or 7.62×51mm NATO cartridge. The speed of the cartridge is 833 meters per second. The Garand has been used by the Military since it was first developed in 1931. It fires both auto and semi-auto. It can hold a magazine for up to 20 cartridges.
There is recoil when shooting. It is also considered “fun” to shoot.
This is a 12 gauge shot gun.
This is a Remington pump action 12 gauge shotgun. “pump action” refers to how the gun is loaded with it’s cartridges. A sliding forearm handle (the pump) works the action, extracting the spent shell and inserting a new one while cocking the hammer or striker as the pump is worked. There is nothing even close to automatic with this gun. Winchester and Browning manufacture a semi-auto shotgun. The recoil is described as being similar to being hit in the shoulder with a brick. It is a typical hunting rifle.
I don’t pretend to have an answer to the horrible massacres of humans in this country. I believe in the Constitution, and in its second amendment. I believe each citizen has a right to protect themselves and their families. How they choose to do so is mostly up to them. I said mostly and I mean that.
We already have restrictions on gun ownership. You have to be a certain age. You can not be a felon. You can not be a clear and present danger to yourself or others in some states. You may have to register weapons in some states, or have a “cooling off” period in others. There are background checks for the purchase of a handgun…and again, in some states there is a background check for the purchase of a rifle.
What I would like to see, is just that; something I would personally want. Our lawmakers are the ones who create the laws.
I would like for the lawmakers to actually LISTEN to their citizens for a change instead of just going along with their donors or the gun Lobby (NRA).
I would like for them to hear that we do not want just anyone to have access to a weapon that should be solely owned by the military. The MILITARY after all are the only ones authorized to actually HUNT HUMANS…we call it war.
The mass shootings in this country have all been completed with the use of a military style gun such as the AR 15. Oh a few of the shooters ALSO had an arsenal of assorted handguns with them…one even had a rifle. BUT, the vast majority of children and adults has been accomplished with the AR 15 styled guns.
America had ZERO school shootings when the general public was banned from the purchase or ownership of those guns. The very year the gun ban expired we had Columbine.
So, I ask. With all due respect to the second Amendment…what is the objection to banning bump stocks, high capacity magazines and guns that can be modified into machine guns?
Don’t just scream “constitutional rights” or “second amendment” at me either. I am NOT speaking of pistols, rifles, or shotguns. If it saves the lives of our children, if it saves even ONE life, what exactly is the problem? How much blood needs to be encrusted on our hands before we do something rational?