Firearms should most definitely be restricted in some fashion and I think Australia is on the right track. There is absolutely no “need” to own a gun. Granted some people want to own them for sporting purposes etc and that’s fine as long as it’s well policed. But please don’t tell me Joe citizen “needs” a gun.
I noticed there were some comments made regarding the antiquated US constitution. When it was pencilled in a period were firearms were common place it made sense. Today? Well I’m not so sure.
There was also a comment that said something along the lines of children should be educated about firearms not have them prohibited. I don’t necessarily disagree with this but does this mean they should have access to a Barrette 50 or the like when they become an adult? I don’t think so.
Another comment was made regarding terminology in that a biro is no more of a weapon than a gun until it is deliberately used to harm someone or cause fear etc. As a bow hunter I agree with this to some extent. I don’t classify my bow as a “weapon” as it’s designed for targets not hunting. Yes it could kill a small animal but so could the biro.
Having said that lets not fool ourselves US gun laws allow for the purchase of “weapons” and firearms. The above stated 50 cal rife or automatic “firearms” are weapons. Their sole purpose is to kill or destroy. There is absolutely no need for such devices whatever name you wish to give them.