Originally Posted by Direckshun
I don't care what they say. I care what they have access to.
If we ban semiautos (just to keep running with my preference), then they have to wade into the black market to buy them. That will dissuade some. It will land others on the radar of law enforcement.
Others will acquire those guns anyway, and go on shooting sprees, like they were going to anyway.
So... what have we lost here?
Ok, your argument may hold some water to those not paying attention... You have tried to deal from the bottom of the deck and conflate the ISSUE of "mass shootings" with the NUMBERS of all homicides. You can assert that mass SHOOTINGS might occur less with less access to guns but there is definitely a "replacement rate" when it come to all gun homicides. Your 11k figure also fails to mention how many of those are due to semi-automatics.
So, let's deal with just mass shooting sprees. Out of 300 million Americans... please tell me how many in 2012 were killed in mass shootings? Do you REALLY see that as an "epidemic?"