Commentary: With 400 million guns out there, banning one model won’t help

Commentary: With 400 million guns out there, banning one model won’t help

I’ve written previously that I’m a gun owner. I even own an AR-15, one of those scary-looking “assault” weapons that Pres. Biden wants to ban. I like that gun a lot, and it’s a very useful weapon to have on the ranch. I also really like the Ruger Mini-14 Ranch Rifle, although I don’t own one. It’s a regular rifle, more like a deer-hunting rifle, and not as scary looking as my AR-15. However, operationally, the two guns are essentially the same. Both are semi-automatic. Both have short barrels. Both use the same .223 bullet. Both can use magazines with capacities from 10 rounds to 30 rounds. Both can use the same sort of iron sights, or scopes, or red-dot sights. A Mini-14 can shoot just as fast and accurately as an AR-15. The fact is, there are many makes and models of semi-automatic handguns, rifles and shotguns. They all operate like the AR-15 “assault” rifle and shoot just as fast. Bullet caliber and magazine capacity vary widely. The Biden administration is going to have to ban an awful lot of gun models if it prohibits all guns as fast-shooting or “deadly” as the AR-15. When terrible mass shootings occur, the natural response is, “We have to do SOMETHING!” And the something proposed by many policymakers is restrictions on guns. I sympathize with the sentiment. But I don’t think we ought to let our leaders get away with proposing or implementing feel-good, superficial solutions that makes good talking points, […]

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