My father bought me an AR-15 when I was 15. This is the black, scary looking gun that Hollywood shows bad guys shredding innocent people with.
I'll never forget how much time he spent explaining things about guns in the context of history, the US constitution, wars, despotism, dictatorships, etc along with a lot of safety training long before he ever let me touch one of the cartridges (or "bullets" to the layman). One thing he told me that stands out in my mind to this day was "During the Great Depression, a 10-cent bullet put $20 of food on the table."
The truth is that the cartridge this rifle uses isn't powerful enough to legally be used to kill a deer in some states. It is a 22 caliber round, meaning that the diameter of the bullet is 0.22 inches. Most deer hunters use 30 caliber bullets - 0.30 inches or larger. If you use the metric system, it's 5.56 millimeter for 22 caliber, and 7.62 millimeter for 30 caliber. When politicians go around saying "high-caliber rounds" they have no idea what they're talking about. The term "high caliber" is meaningless to anyone who actually knows about and uses guns, because what the uninformed don't tell you is that shooting something HURTS. A gun's recoil from a deer rifle can leave your shoulder bruised. An AR15 is more gentle and won't bruise you, because it's not that powerful.
Something more powerful than a deer rifle, like a gun used in African safaris is probably 40 caliber or larger, is so loud it can cause hearing damage even with plugs in your ears and can knock your ass over when the gun goes off. A proper elephant gun can dislocate your shoulder. It's like Mike Tyson slamming you in the face. I'm 115 pounds and I can't fire a deer rifle without regret. An AR15 is only about one-third as powerful as a 30 caliber deer rifle. Essentially, most shooters will want a gun/cartridge that is only just big enough to do the job because anything larger is just too heavy, too loud, and too painful to use. Gun users are not wackadoo cowboys firing cannons blindly at everything they can get their sights on. The idiots who think like this and get their hands on a gun learn very fast or kill themselves with stupidity.
Also, an AR-15 only shoots one bullet when you pull the trigger. It is not a "machine gun" or "assault rifle." Machine guns and assault rifles are extremely difficult and expensive to get legally, and the FBI statistics show they have practically never been used in crimes because of their rarity and expense. To buy a legal M-16 (a fully-automatic) these days will cost you about $20,000, a class 3 firearms license, at least 6 months waiting, and a letter from your local sheriff stating that they have confidence that you are not a criminal and pose no risk to the public.
But people legislate from ignorance all the time.
I hate the term "assault rifle." It has within the name itself the intention of the tool, as if they are one and the same. A pair of scissors are assault scissors if you stab someone with them. Otherwise, they are just scissors.
Gun control activists keep pushing to have guns made illegal, but I ask them: who is going to take them away? Answer: other people with guns, such as the police.
I know someone who was pulled over by a cop who ordered her out of the car, had her put her hands on it while he felt her up from ankles to tits before he let her go without a ticket or warning over anything else. Is this the kind of person whose ethics and behavior you want to give monopoly ownership of guns to?
From all the books I've read that my dad left behind, and all the things he taught me growing up, and all the research and reading I've done since then, I can only interpret the continual erosion of gun rights as an effort by the evil people behind the New World Order to disarm the public so they can roll in their one world government without opposition. I believe this so strongly that I find it terrifying every time I see news like this because to me it means there will be a day soon when the absolutely corrupt US government will turn its attention on its own people, just like Mao, Hitler, Stalin, Pol Pot, etc.
When that day comes, the useful idiots will have doomed us all with their support of gun control, while Orwell's 1984 will change from fiction to historical fact.
Never forget that its not individuals that pose the greatest threat, but governments. Governments have killed hundreds of millions of people, while individuals have only killed hundreds. To me, the difference of millions dying vs hundreds tells me which threat I should be more afraid of.
If you don't believe that it can happen in the USA, you are dangerously naive.
Edited by darci, 03 May 2020 - 09:03 AM.