“Where did we go wrong America?” I’ve got an easy answer; the federal assault weapons ban that was enacted in 1994 was allowed to expire in 2004. The average American could get semi-automatics; thousands of Americans could get new toys—yes a toy. Unless you are constantly using if for self defense or fighting government takeovers it’s basically a toy, a deadly one true, but a toy. And sociopaths dreaming of their own personal Valhalla can get the tools for bigger bloodier body counts. The costs are outweighing the benefits.
While I agree the NRA and SCOPE doesn’t want more killings, their attitude is basically “Your kid died? Sucks to be you. But we aren’t changing anything.” They even handled it quite brilliantly making the argument about guns in general when the argument was about semi-automatics only.
What’s their answer? They think everyone should have a gun and American towns should look like Kabul, Afghanistan on a Friday night. They’ve even been doing that in Texas with people bringing their AR-15 to local fast food restaurants. News Flash: Even Texans don’t like it. Why? Because the only way to tell a law abiding gun owner with a semi-auto from a sociopath with a semi-auto is that the sociopath will start shooting you, and then it’s too late. The Santa Barbara Shooter didn’t look like any psychopath stereotype.
Yes we’ve heard the usual, “knives, baseball bats, pipes, golf clubs, screwdrivers, garden gnomes and other heavy objects can be used to kill, are you going to ban those too?” Well the shooter with a semi-automatic rifle and a 30 round clip can kill more people in a limited about of time than with a knife, a revolver, or most easily available household objects. That’s a fact.