It’s scary when a college graduate like David Burnett writes a lengthy and articulate commentary about the fallacy of gun control efforts, almost like some exercise in cognitive dissonance.
To set the record straight: Armalite patented the AR-15 design in the late 1950s. Colt licensed it, and it became the M-16, essentially our main battle rifle to this day. M-16 rifles have a three-position selector switch: safe, fire and rock-and-roll. Civilian models do not have the tertiary choice, but hey, who needs full automatic when targeting unarmed and cowering subjects.
In Vietnam, standard infantrymen carried 20-round magazines. At close range for a charging enemy, a three-round burst of automatic fire was proven to be more deadly than repeated automatic firing. Combat training emphasized the critical need for muscle memory magazine exchange — lock-and-load.
Even a 10-round magazine capacity, for a sporting rifle, is absurd. My definition of “sporting” is capacity of five or fewer rounds. Very exceptional target rifles shoot one round.
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Laws are not needed to curb violence but to curb runaway gun culture. Gun culture leaders like Burnett should admit that there is a stark difference between Remington Model 700 and Sig Sauer MCX, and as such, engage in discourse to inform regulation of ownership, purchase procedure and marketing.