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  •  Well, I sorta agree with you. The issue was how (3+ / 0-)
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    to make a weapon light enough to be carried with plenty of ammunition for long periods of time, yet be sure to stop anyone which was hit.

    In the case of the M-16 series the rifle and round were designed to injure not kill.  The 5.56 round is designed to tumble upon entering the body causing it to tear apart soft tissue, shatter bones and otherwise cause a mess.  
    Even a wound is meant to be unsurvivable.  People have been shot in the leg and had the round come out of their chest. Or in the shoulder and had the round come out of their stomach. Or not come out, tumbling around destroying organs until the energy is spent.

    The weapon and rounds were specifically designed to kill - to inflict unsurvivable wounds - rather than to injure, no matter where the victim is struck.

    Same with the AK47.

    To me, that's what makes assault rifles unacceptable for private ownership. They are military weapons designed to kill every single person hit by a round. That was the justification for the ban under Clinton - they are military weapons. Just like we don't permit bazookas or RPGs to be owned by private citizens, we shouldn't permit assault rifles either.  Even if they are "fun" to shoot.

    I'm sure a rocket propelled grenade is "fun" to shoot too. Especially when that pesky neighbor's house blows up! Heck yeah!  Let's all have "target practice" with RPGs!  The idea is absurd. And it should be the same for AR-15s, M-16s, AK-47s. etc.

    I've been hit with shotgun pellets from a distance. If it had been an AR-15 round, I'd be dead.

    "The law is meant to be my servant and not my master, still less my torturer and my murderer." -- James Baldwin. July 11, 1966.

    by YucatanMan on Mon Sep 30, 2013 at 09:02:12 AM PDT

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