Quote Originally Posted by Cordelier View Post
There's nothing misleading about percentages, Rucker... the numbers speak for themselves - semi-auto rifles have a significantly higher casualty-inflicting capability than all other types of firearms. Now you may not like that fact, but it's a fact nonetheless. Virginia Tech was an outlier event... and even as an outlier, it was included in the 80% of cases where a semi-auto rifle was not used. It doesn't change the results.

Now you may write off casualty premium we pay as a result of semi-auto rifle active shooter incidents as trivial or insignificant, but I don't. To me, these are people who are being killed and wounded so that a bunch of fat old men can have the privilege of locking and loading and blasting away at paper targets and tin cans. It's ludicrous. That being said, I realize it's never going to be feasible to take all semi-auto rifles out of circulation... so my answer is this - instead of trying to ban them outright on the one hand or callously turning a blind eye to the Sandy Hooks and Stoneman Douglases that are bound to keep happening on the other... why don't we as a society try and come together and try to instill a little discipline and organization into the keeping and bearing of such arms? Why don't we recognize that with rights come responsibilities?

Right now, semi-autos are only used in about 20% of active shooter incidents. If we keep letting them proliferate unchecked, and if more and more of the public obtains them, what's to stop that number from rising to 50% or 70%? How many more people are going to die then? If Virginia Tech was a fluke outlier where it comes to handgun incidents, then what is the casualty count going to be for a similar semi-auto rifle outlier incident?
An average of 13 deaths per year. Water is used to kill over 40 people per year. Knives are used to kill 1500 people per year. Handguns are used to kill 8000 people per year.

Are semiauto rifles in common use for lawful purposes?