It's an awesome sentiment, but as much as I'd like to agree with you, "no guns at all" is impractical in a world run by greed & unrestricted ego driven desires.
Even primitive cultures know an effective distance weapon is pretty well vital for long term survival & self defense...
unless you're truly at peace with your maker and have no qualms about being just another link in the food chain.
((Though I gotta say I've never seen anyone walking around wearing a "Proud to be the future site of apex predator scat" T-shirt.))
Yes, a hunting rifle & a 12 ga. shotgun make a good combo for the rural home (hunting and defense).
There are VERY few situations where a military design, fully automatic firearm would be required...
and ALL of them involve HUMAN VS HUMAN conflicts.
As I said, the problem here was the weapon in question.
In case it didn't come through clear enough,
I think kids & machine guns are as wise a combo as a paint-mixer with a jar of Nitroglycerine.
If that place wanted to offer the "full auto experience for the whole family", they should have made sure they had weapons that could be SAFELY used by all.
There are a number of guns that would have been MUCH better choices:
An American 180 or a .22LR modded Ruger 10/22 or HK MP5 are all WAAAAAAY easier to control.
Only experienced shooters should be given access to guns like Uzis, Ingrams & others that fire larger caliber ammo.
I'm not sure I understand...
because we do actually agree on the basic points.
I'm not an American, but I can understand the reason it's in the ideology given the history of the country's formation. It is explained by the amendment itself - a legally armed populace is the last line of defense to prevent domination by a landed armed external force or takeover by tyrannical government.
Yes guns kill - after all, that is their designed purpose. I even stressed that certain weapons (like machine guns) were specifically designed for use against human targets.
This incident was an accident; The girl held absolutely NO intent to kill the instructor. IMHO, it's the direct result of the range providing improper equipment to inexperienced users.
I respect your opinion & I know you're a bit hard-pressed keeping up with the replies, so you don't need to respond to this.