I just... can't find one reason whatsoever that someone needs to own an AR-15 assault rifle with thousands of rounds of ammunition (which is what this person legally obtained). You don't need this to defend your home and it will get into the wrong hands. If you think your household is so threatened that you need an assault rifle which the sole purpose is to kill large amounts of people, either you're going to run out of ammo sooner or later or the world you'll find outside your home is not one worth living in anyways.
My main weapon for defending myself is a gigantic wrench I bought at Harbor Freight in a 17-wrench pack. I'll never use on an actual bolt and I don't feel any less safe than those with guns.
Gun laws do work in a society that has never been as free reign as the USA, but they're not foolproof (see Norway from a year or two ago).
Ban assault rifles. It's not a stop-all but a step in the right direction. And yes they will still be around but after a couple generations, they will be gone.
And to think I was done being controversial on these forums...
Banning ONLY assault rifles is not going to accomplish a thing. Its all or nothing. Obviously you start to hit a slippery slope here where rights are concerned.
Even if we were to make assault rifles unavailable to the public, assuming that they become more difficult to get for criminals, it is not going to lower gun related homicides.
"The FBI murder statistics do not differentiate between types of rifles. There are about 100 million rifles in the United States. In 2009 there were 13,636 murders. Guns were used to murder 9,146 people. Hands and feet were used to murder 801 people. Blunt objects were used to murder 611 people. Rifles were used to murder 348 people, and that is all rifles, of which assault rifles are only a small fraction. Assault rifles are used so infrequently in homicides that many police departments almost never see them; in 2009, there were nine states that did not have a single murder committed with any rifle."
"In 2005, 75% of the 10,100 homicides committed using firearms in the United States were committed using handguns, compared to 4% with rifles, 5% with shotguns, and the rest with a type of firearm not specified. Assault weapons are so rarely used they don't qualify for a separate category."
More people drown every year than die by assault rifle.