With the renewed call to outlaw, ban and/or restrict military style weapons, we need to keep something in mind.
The military does not buy enough M-4/M-16 rifles to keep the gun manufacturers in business. The civilian market is what keeps gun makers afloat.
Why should we care if a gun manufacturer goes out of business?
Who is going to make the firearms we need in times of war?
Sooner or later there is going to be another world war; do we want to run into a situation where our troops do not have access to the weapons they need?
Colt is currently the supplier of M-16/M-4 rifles to the military. In times of need the military could buy from any of the other AR-15 manufacturers on the market.
So lets just go ahead and drive firearms manufacturer out of business. Then lets whine and complain when our troops are using rifles left over from world war II.
What do just about all of the mass shooters for the past 20 years have in common? They were mentally ill.
It takes a mentally ill person to shoot children, so that should be a given. If these were sane rational people, they would have shot up congress.
Doesn’t it make sense to deal with the mental issues, instead of guns?
If society had some kind of social safety net, someplace where mentally ill people could be kept. Not a prison, not an insane asylum,,, something where mentally ill people could be kept safe, receive the treatment they need and protect society as a whole.
Lets treat the root issue of gun violence, and that issue is mental illness.