pjbogart wrote:A schoolteacher in Connecticut has numerous automatic weapons in her home for self defense, including a military grade assault rifle?
It is statements like this that should disqualify you from this discussion.
Do you know what an automatic weapon is?
Do you know that they have been essentially illegal under federal law since 1934?
I am amazed at how many people wet their pants at the mere thought of guns. They are much harder to come by now than when I was a boy. Then, 1950's, anyone could buy pretty much any gun or ammo in most jurisdictions. As a 10 year old I bought .22 caliber ammo for my semiautomatic gun. As 12 year olds, my cousin and I bought a couple of boxes of shotgun shells so we could get the black powder to make a rocket. (I don't say it was a good idea, merely that we did it)
In the 3rd grade, as part of class, not an extracurricular activity, I learned to shoot a 22 in a school within sight of the Washington Monument.
In the 3rd grade one of my buddies brought a 45 cal automatic burp gun to class for show and tell. Our teacher, Maxine Ropeshaw, did not get hysterical. She simply racked it open to make sure it was clear before passing it around.
You used to be able to sell Boy's Life magazine and, if you sold enough, get a gun as a prize.
Until 1963, most any kind of gun could be purchased by mail, no questions asked.
In 1966, in HS in Fall Church VA (near Tysons Corners) my classmates would routinely bring rifles to school. They might keep them in a locker to go shooting after school or even work on them in shop class.
In 1966, 3 of my buddies and I almost bought a working 37mm cannon at a used arms lot in Alexandria. It was only a couple hundred dollars. Our parents put the kibosh on that. Not because it was dangerous or illegal. Just none of them wanted it cluttering up their back yard.
And yet now somehow guns are a problem.
I say bullshit. Government and their desire to take guns away is the problem.
I've not held a gun since 74 when I carried a 45 in the Navy. Nor have I had any desire too. I strongly support the personal right to keep and bear arms. I was a member of the NRA for a number of years because of that belief.
I keep thinking that maybe I need to go out and buy some guns and ammo just as a personal statement.