Just some random gun thoughts and some facts:
A 1997 high school shooting in Pearl, Miss., was halted by the school's vice principal after he retrieved the Colt .45 he kept in his truck.
A 1998 middle school shooting ended when a man living next door heard gunfire and apprehended the shooter with his shotgun.
A 2002 terrorist attack at an Israeli school was quickly stopped by an armed teacher and a school guard.
A 2002 law school shooting in Grundy, Va., came to an abrupt conclusion when students carrying firearms confronted the shooter.
A 2007 mall shooting in Ogden, Utah, ended when an armed off-duty police officer intervened.
A 2009 workplace shooting in Houston, Texas, was halted by two coworkers who carried concealed handguns.
A 2012 church shooting in Aurora, Colo., was stopped by a member of the congregation carrying a gun.
At the recent mall shooting in Portland, Ore., the gunman took his own life minutes after being confronted by a shopper carrying a concealed weapon.
To counter a few incidents of muslim extremists in 1974 shooting up schools, the Israeli Govt. trained and armed teachers.
When is the last time you heard of a Jihadist shooting up a school in Israel?
The Clinton era Federal Assault Weapons Ban defined 'Assault weapons' because they possessed a minimum set of largely COSMETIC features from the following list:
Semi-automatic rifles able to accept detachable magazines and two or more of the following:
Folding or telescoping stock
Bayonet mount or lug
Flash suppressor, or threaded barrel designed to accommodate one
A muzzle mounted Grenade launcher
Semi-automatic pistols with detachable magazines and two or more of the following:
Magazine that attaches outside the pistol grip
Threaded barrel to attach barrel extender, flash suppressor, handgrip, or suppressor
Barrel shroud that can be used as a hand-hold
Unloaded weight of 50 oz (1.4 kg) or more
A semi-automatic version of a fully automatic firearm.
Semi-automatic shotguns with two or more of the following:
Folding or telescoping stock
Fixed capacity of more than 5 rounds
Now how the HELL are any of these things supposed to make a weapon lethal? They don't. Another example of politicians doing something just to be seen doing something. I mean, bayonet mounts/lugs really?
The defunct federal ban also set a magazine limit at 10 rounds, except for military or police. Because police operate with backup and in groups, which is why they need larger capacity pistol magazines than do “civilians” who must face criminals alone and therefore need less ammunition. WHAT!!?
Its expiration had little if any increase in crime.
As for Europe, Asia, Australia and Canada. Funny how, where guns are BANNED...gun crime is rising steadily.
1996 National Agreement on Firearms in Australia
In the first 12 months since gun owners in Australia were forced by new law to surrender 640,381 personal firearms to be destroyed by their own government, a program costing Australia taxpayers more than $500 million dollars. The first year results are here:
Australia-wide, homicides are up 3.2 percent
Australia-wide, assaults are up 8.6 percent
Australia-wide, armed robberies are up 44 percent (yes, 44 percent)!
In the state of Victoria alone, homicides with firearms went up 300 percent. Note that while the law-abiding citizens turned their guns in, the criminals did not, and criminals still possessed their guns!
While figures over the previous 25 years showed a steady decrease in armed robbery with firearms, this has changed drastically upward in the year after its passing, since criminals now are guaranteed that their prey is unarmed.
There has also been a dramatic increase in break-ins and assaults of the ELDERLY. Australian politicians are at a loss to explain how public safety has decreased, after such monumental effort and expense was expended in successfully ridding Australian society of guns.
The Sandy Hook school tragedy should never happen again, but it is not the fault of firearms. Remember Timothy McVeigh murdered 168 people, 19 of whom were six or younger, he never fired a shot. The sick twisted murderer WILL find a way.
Dan Emplit WBFD
USN 1986 - 1992