If I were to have a gun for home protection, it would not be a semi auto rifle. I would have a shot gun. Few have the control to operate a semi auto effectively. Semi auto rifles (restricted in Canada) can be effective hunting guns. A fully auto is a toy, like a fast car. It serves little practical purpose, but damn, is it fun to open up.
The NRA is very much in favour of controlling guns. Individual control of guns.
Semi-Auto rifles are not restricted in Canada. The "Assault Weapon"/Black Gun/AR-15 variety are. But you can get Rugers or semi-automatic AK's with a non-restricted permit. The Bushmaster .223 and the handguns this kid used are certainly restricted weapons in Canada.
The NRA is in favor of arming everyone. I know if I owned a LAV-3 fighting vehicle, I would use it responsibly for off-roading and defence of my personal compound. Does that mean everyone should be allowed to own a LAV-3 fighting vehicle? Probably not. It's pretty sick when the pro-gun wingnuts come out and say we need to arm (and probably train) teachers to carry and use firearms in schools.
Larry Pratt, head of Gun Owners of America. wrote:“Gun control supporters have the blood of little children on their hands. Federal and state laws combined to insure that no teacher, no administrator, no adult had a gun at the Newtown school where the children were murdered. This tragedy underscores the urgency of getting rid of gun bans in school zones. The only thing accomplished by gun free zones is to insure that mass murderers can slay more before they are finally confronted by someone with a gun.”
Cornuck wrote:Are guns the problem in these mass kilings, or are they deeply related to the drugs these guys are prescribed? Mental illness is at the root of each of these events.
Absolutely. And there is no way to stop all these events from happening. But it's very telling that when a guy goes crazy vs. children in China (4.9 firearms/100 population), he uses a knife and kills no one. In America (88 firearms/100 people), it's simply too easy for the deranged and mentally damaged to acquire this type of weaponry.
And for the anti-Booth/anti-Christs in the crowd, David Booth's twitter reaction:
David Booth @D_Booth7
Can't get over yesterday. Still thinking about CT. Wondering... with all the thoughts & PRAYERS why not bring Christ back into the schools?