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  •  When ARs and AKs first caught on . . . (0+ / 0-)

    . . . in the civilian market, they were almost unique among centerfire rifles in combining semi-automatic operation with high-magazine capacity.

    When pictures of them showed up in the news media after being used in a number of spectacularly awful mass killings, people conflated their distinctive appearance with the combination of characteristics that, combined, do make them particularly dangerous: semi-automatic operation and high magazine capacity.

    The cartridges they are chambered for, and the type of ammo, have nothing to do with it: a deer hunter's bolt-action .30-06 fires a more powerful round and creates even worse wounds than 5.56 NATO (usual AR-15 round) or 7.62 x 39 (usual AK round).

    If regulations/bans focus on cosmetic features, we can be certain that some enterprising folks will market a line of centerfire semi-automatics that lack those features, but hold just as many rounds and fire just as fast. The Ruger Mini-14 is an example of what can be done along these lines.

    The obvious answer is to stringently regulate or ban semi-automatic centerfire rifles, regardless of what they happen to look like.

    •  I rather like my Mini-14 . . . (0+ / 0-)

      and the 5 round magazine it came with.

      Bothers me to no end to see the "aftermarket" garbage (available now even from Ruger, although it wasn't when I bought mine), including the high capacity magazines, that people "retrofit" to them.  When I see those things I think "mens rea" . . .

      Fake Left, Drive Right . . . not my idea of a Democrat . . .

      by Deward Hastings on Mon Jan 21, 2013 at 10:04:05 AM PST

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