My $.02 is the shooter involved who murdered children and the adults trying to protect them would have used ANY gun that was available to him. He chose his moms AR15 but had 2 semi auto hand guns on him + another rifle in his car. The AR15 is not the only clip fed semi auto long gun available so, IMHO, banning AR will not prevent this act of horror. A multi round shotgun for example would have been just as horrific and lethal
While specific details are not in and may never be really known it appears this killer had mental problems and chose to act out against innocent people in this maner. He had access to his moms guns and used them. sitting on this side of the TV it appears more effort should have been made by his mom to secure these weapons from his access vs baning these types of weapons to the general public.
Today Dicks Sporting, cheaperthandirt.com and others have stopped selling AR15's as a result of this horrific action taken by a lone individual. Do I think it will stop these kind of actions, no. Is it a PR
step by these companies, possibly. They have the right to sell whatever they want under the current firearm laws in this country
I, like you and assume the rest of us, would embrace a way of preventing these type of massacres but short of collecting every gun, knife, bow & arrow, hammer, screw driver, etc. in the country I don't see banning a 223 cal clip rifle will prevent further incidents. Possibly making the Calif. type AR15 mandatory in every state (10 round, need a "tool" to release clip) would have some effect...but frankly there are very simple ways around that...look on the internet.
A 10/22 in this close shooting circumstance would have been equally as lethal...maybe a smaller wound but still a 25 'legal" round clip fed rifle
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