Originally Posted by Direckshun
This is a good post.
I advocate lots of different measures of gun control -- many of which were instituted by the President
. My personal preferences against semiautos would be to reduce mass shootings.
As for your question... I would say that if we are going to permit semiautos at all (which, of course, we are), then home defense is obviously a defensible type of use for them.
I'm glad you saw it that way.
I am in complete and total agreement that there needs to be stricter gun control. In looking through the list when it first came out... I would like clarification on a few points but overall I have no problems with the 23 edicts.
I strongly believe that there is one point that needs to be addressed and that is education. When the 2nd was penned, fathers would teach their kids about gun safety and marksmanship. Unfortunately that is no longer the case. Now... anyone regardless of their level of knowledge can pick up a gun and ammo without knowing the first thing about it's safe use and storage. This is a far more dangerous situation for everyone than a trained and responsible individual keeping a semi auto rifle.
Where I draw the line of what is acceptable (to me) in terms of gun control:
* forcing me to register individual weapons with the authorities (there is no need for them to have an elaborate database detailing what type/caliber guns they have)
* limiting magazine capacity (I believe you and I will heavily disagree here)
* banning semi-auto rifles/handguns
* confiscation of said guns (ala Sen. Feinstein's interview about Mr. and Mrs. America turning in their guns)