Thread: Nat'l Security Let's research gun violence.
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Old 12-29-2012, 02:11 AM   #1027
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Originally Posted by Direckshun View Post
So you seriously believe that all guns have the same capability to create the same amount of death as automatic weapons?

You seriously believe that.
Actually a semi-automatic only weapon of equal magazine capacity is likely to create MORE death than a fully automatic only weapon of same magazine capacity.

Contrary to popular belief the military use of fully automatic weapons isn't to cause mass casualties. It's to deny the enemy the ability to move through an area. That's why they call it 'suppressive fire' it's designed to suppress the movement of the enemy.

Consider an M16 it has a fire rate of ~900 RPM and a magazine size of 30 rounds. If you hold the trigger down you dump the entire magazine in 2 seconds. Not only is the magazine exhausted quickly but firing full auto causes the muzzle to rise up and to the left generally leading to very inaccurate fire.

The US Army's experience with full auto in Vietnam actually caused them to release the M16A2 which replaced full auto fire with a 3 round burst fire.

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The action was also modified, replacing the fully automatic setting with a three-round burst setting. When using a fully automatic weapon, poorly trained troops often hold down the trigger and "spray" when under fire.
Full auto has tactical uses but killing isn't one of them. A trained shooter with a semi-auto weapon taking aimed shots will be far more lethal than one that is spraying and praying with inaccurate full-auto fire.
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