Skip to main content

View Diary: Senate witness says women need 'scary-looking' guns to defend themselves (212 comments)

Comment Preferences

  •  I think a shotgun would be more effective (14+ / 0-)

    in the situation she described. After hitting several in the first shot the attackers may retreat but doing it with children behind her is a bad idea. One thing I haven't heard mentioned in the debate so far is how dangerous it is to discharge a high powered rifle in a populated area. A shotgun blast or a pistol round is more likely to be contained in the house that they were used but a high power round like the .223 used in the AR-15 can carry through several houses and hit more innocent victims. I think it is irresponsible to use that type of round in a populated area.  

    Some people have short memories

    by lenzy1000 on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 03:53:37 PM PST

    [ Parent ]

    •  But the mom is the hero in this story (9+ / 0-)

      The hero is never responsible for bullets going astray and hurting innocent people. If the hero fires a high power round, then it might well hit something and cause a dramatic event, but it won't hit innocent people. That's just the physics of heroism.

      Now, villains--they could indeed cause exactly the peril that you refer to.

    •  I have to agree about the 5.56 mm round from (3+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      StrayCat, Leap Year, CA wildwoman

      the AR-15. I shot that round from a mini-14 ( a nice rifle I might add) and it will go through 3 feet of 2x4. NO way I'd want to shoot that in my house and endanger the neighbors.  A shotgun (4 shot)  is a much better home defense weapon.

      "Mit der Dummheit kämpfen Götter selbst vergebens," -Friedrich Schiller "Against Stupidity, the Gods themselves contend in Vain"

      by pengiep on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 04:46:00 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  I was speaking from experience (1+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        CA wildwoman

        I had a friend who shot a round from his mini 14 and it went through both sides of his trailer house and barely penetrated a 6 inch log wall 50 ft. behind his trailer. He had some armor piercing rounds that would penetrate through 2 - 1 inch thick bumper hitches standing on end. I don't want to think about how far that round would travel in a new development with tightly spaced homes. Any horizontal discharge is bound to hit at least one other house.

        Some people have short memories

        by lenzy1000 on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 05:46:12 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

  • Recommended (154)
  • Community (61)
  • Environment (36)
  • Culture (34)
  • Memorial Day (31)
  • Republicans (31)
  • 2016 (28)
  • Elections (26)
  • Civil Rights (25)
  • Bernie Sanders (25)
  • Science (23)
  • Media (22)
  • Climate Change (22)
  • Education (22)
  • Labor (21)
  • Spam (21)
  • GOP (20)
  • Law (20)
  • Rescued (19)
  • Trans-Pacific Partnership (16)
  • Click here for the mobile view of the site