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    Should an American citizen have the right to own a fully automatic assault rifle?

    Vote on whether you think any American not convicted of a violent crime should have the right to own a fully automatic assault rifle like an AK-47 or an M-16.

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    Re: Should an American citizen have the right to own a fully automatic assault rifle?

    Quote Originally Posted by Luna Tick View Post
    Vote on whether you think any American not convicted of a violent crime should have the right to own a fully automatic assault rifle like an AK-47 or an M-16.
    I wouldn't make being convicted of a violent crime the only thing that disqualifies you, but yes, I think anyone who could currently own any other kind of firearm should be allowed to own a fully automatic one.
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    Re: Should an American citizen have the right to own a fully automatic assault rifle?

    Quote Originally Posted by molten_dragon View Post
    I wouldn't make being convicted of a violent crime the only thing that disqualifies you, but yes, I think anyone who could currently own any other kind of firearm should be allowed to own a fully automatic one.
    What else do you think should disqualify someone?

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    Re: Should an American citizen have the right to own a fully automatic assault rifle?

    Quote Originally Posted by Luna Tick View Post
    What else do you think should disqualify someone?
    Severe psychosis?
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    Re: Should an American citizen have the right to own a fully automatic assault rifle?

    Quote Originally Posted by tessaesque View Post
    Severe psychosis?
    I think that's reasonable.

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    Re: Should an American citizen have the right to own a fully automatic assault rifle?

    Quote Originally Posted by Luna Tick View Post
    Vote on whether you think any American not convicted of a violent crime should have the right to own a fully automatic assault rifle like an AK-47 or an M-16.
    Yeah sure. Why not?

    The ones I'm more worried about are people who don't care about the law, don't want to follow rules, don't practice weapons safety and just are overall untrustworthy with a penny let alone a PDW. These people often obtain their weapons illegally anyway - and regardless of WHAT type of weapons they have they're going to do harm with it - regardless of what it is.

    I don't think any of this would be a problem if police (etc) did their jobs in response to things like gang violence and so on (which is what most people tend to focus on when they oppose ownership of firearms of some type). When these groups cause trouble there should be dire and harsh consequences - the heavy hand of the law should fly freely and be happy to pluck away rights from those who prove they aren't capable of appreciating them.

    That - I think - would solve most of these issues that come up.
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    Re: Should an American citizen have the right to own a fully automatic assault rifle?

    Quote Originally Posted by Luna Tick View Post
    What else do you think should disqualify someone?
    Basically the same things that would disqualify you from owning any other gun. Having mental problems comes to mind.
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    Re: Should an American citizen have the right to own a fully automatic assault rifle?

    Didn't we have one of these threads just a month or two ago?

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    Re: Should an American citizen have the right to own a fully automatic assault rifle?

    Bearing arms is the most fundamental human right. People who attempt to relieve you of your weapon very, very rarely have your best interests at heart.

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    Re: Should an American citizen have the right to own a fully automatic assault rifle?

    Quote Originally Posted by Luna Tick View Post
    Vote on whether you think any American not convicted of a violent crime should have the right to own a fully automatic assault rifle like an AK-47 or an M-16.
    of course for several reasons

    1) such a rifle is the most constitutionally protected weapon around

    2) since civilian police officers are commonly issued such weapons, other civilians who have the same right of self defense should be able to use them too

    3) fully automatic is used to cover retreat, prevent movement by an enemy or suppress fire, semi automatic is used to inflict casualties



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