After we left Bragg, TG wondered about the M4’s she’d seen the soldiers carrying.
On the way home, we stopped to visit some friends, one of whom was my old shooting mentor:
TG thought the rifle was pretty neat.
There’s an interesting debate to have on gun rights about “assault rifles.” On one hand it’s naive to state that they don’t have tactical advantages over other kinds of rifles – meaning that they are, in fact, more dangerous.
On the other, it’s virtually impossible to define them in a way that makes any sense, and it’s also impossible to quantify how much more dangerous they really are – a lever-action cowboy rifle in the right hands can shoot and reload pretty quickly as well.
Switching back, I can’t imagine gang kids developing that level of skill.
Ten years ago, I probably would have shrugged and said “meh. go ahead and restrict ownership to them if you can figure out how” Today, not so much. But it’s still true that to me the debate about regulating these guns is the most interesting and meaningful debate about firearms regulation. because what we’re talking about in a serious way is “why” it’s OK for civilians to own firearms.