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whoneedstickets Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-25-09 01:45 AM
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34. Your rights under the second, like ANY rights are not unlimited
Just as speech can be limited (obscenity, fighting words, 'fire in a crowded theater'), your right to own weapons for the purposes of self defense are not without reasonable restrictions in the interest of public safety.

Without special dispensation you can't own fully automatic weapons, flamethrowers, grenade launchers, sawed-off shotguns, etc. even though they COULD be useful in self-defense.

High powered (high FPS, high energy) center-fire rounds are only marginally useful for self defense and their ability to penetrate common structures (walls) in way handgun rounds and shotgun pellets or slugs can't makes them dangerous to innocents. You could shoot an an intruder using a 30-06 round and kill someone in the house across the street? OF course the very power of these center-fire rounds .308, 30-06 etc. makes them popular hunting rounds (another reason to own firearms). So eliminating weapons that fire center-fire ammo isn't practical or desirable.

THAT SAID: There is little compelling reason to allow citizens to own high-power, center-fire rifles with LARGE CAPACITY and QUICKLY Changed magazines. You do not need a 10 round magazine in a hunting rifle (if you have missed two or three times your target has fled). Most military style semi-auto assault weapons are inferior in accuracy to quality bolt-action hunting rifles anyway. These large capacity magazines in semi-auto center fire weapons are ONLY useful for killing people in quantity.

Things like flash suppressors, folding stocks, bayonet lugs etc are irrelevant really. What matters is that you can hold 30 rounds and walk into a McDonalds and shoot 30 people in as many seconds without reloading. Then in less than 5 seconds snap in a new mag and start again. As a society why should we accept that possibility?
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