Can I buy an UZI at Walmart yet?

Can someone please let me know what the supposed socially redeeming value of assault weapons is? Isn’t it apparent that any weapon with the word “ASSAULT” in the name has no purpose but to cause MAJOR damage? This article from CBS2 has me seriously doubting my faith in humanity….

Business is booming at a northwest suburban gun shop along with demand for the previously-banned assault weapons. Telephones are ringing almost non-stop.
Roger Krahl could barely field the phone calls pouring into his Carpentersville gun store, but he had bad news for all those hoping to buy one of the controversial firearms that have been prohibited by the about-to-expire federal assault weapons ban.
“We’ve sold out almost immediately. We have a waiting list unbelievably long,” Krahl said.

SOLD OUT. As in, ALL THE ASSAULT WEAPONS ARE GONE. What does that mean about us when there is such a high demand for weapons whose only intention is to harm and maim a large number of people? God, I feel like I am going to barf.

4 Comments so far

  1. seanbonner (unregistered) on September 14th, 2004 @ 4:29 am

    Well one trick to this is that the description of “assault” was pretty damn vague in the law, and it included things like magazines that held more than 10 bullets. Again, that might seem trivial, but when you are at a gun range, paying for the time you are there, and you have to stop and reload all the time it’s noticable. many handguns that are designed to hold 19 bullets were classified as assualt weapons, and people had to go buy clips that held 10 shots instead because according to the law 10 bullets is OK, but 11 is an assault weapon. A shotgun with XX kind of stock is legal, but the exact same gun with a different stock is suddenly a n assault weapon. The list goes on and on, but while we can all agree that it’s probably not a great idea for everyone to be walking around with machine guns, the “rush to buy previously banned guns” relates more to how the law was written and what it was banning than that every one in sight needs an uzi.

  2. lauren (unregistered) on September 14th, 2004 @ 10:31 am

    I realize that there is probably some stigma attached to the word “assault” being in the name of the weapon. And as someone who has never been to a gun range, much less ever even held a gun in my life, I don’t know much about the pain of having to reload.
    But it seems to me that the inconvenience of having to take a minute or so to reload your weapon is a worthy concession to halt the ability of someone being able to pick of a whole slew of people. Maybe something like a high school kid who takes his dad’s assault weapon to school and is able to kill 20 people instead of 10 before someone stops him when he reloads. But that’s just me. I am an anti-gun psycho.

  3. seanbonner (unregistered) on September 15th, 2004 @ 6:44 am

    forget the pain of having to reload. Go to a gun range. There’s plenty in Chicago. Look at the guns. Shoot one. Having never held a gun in your life, you probably have some misconceptions of what they are and how they work.
    I’m not trying to pick a fight by any means, but as someone who has been around guns since the day I was born I know what they can and can’t do. I also know that most of these gun control laws that have scary names like “assault weapons bans” are about as effective as banning nail clippers from airlines to stop terrorism. They don’t make any difference. So a rifle with a detachable magazine is an asault rifle but if it’s built in it isn’t, so two days after the law is passed every gun manufacturer changes the guns and the magazines are built in. Nothing changes.
    Educating people is way more effective. Making sure guns don’t end up in the hands of idiots is way more effective. Making the 11th bullet a fellony does nothing.

  4. Jason DeFillippo (unregistered) on September 15th, 2004 @ 6:53 am

    And on the note of kids taking their dad’s gun to school and killing their classmates… why isn’t their a ban on assault parenting? Guns don’t kill people. Stupid motherfuckers with guns kill people. And if a kid is going into school to kill then I think the last thing on his mind is how many bullets does my clip hold. If he can get a gun that’s not the gun’s fault. It’s whoever left it lying around for them to take. I hate violence but I’m a gun fan and I don’t believe the assault laws do one goddamn thing to curb violence with guns. Because as it stands it’s easier to buy 2 guns than it is to buy a gun that holds twice as much ammo which means MORE guns on the streets so if that’s what you’re worried about that argument is out the window.

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