Semiautomatic handguns are the weapon of choice for mass murderers because they are light and easy to conceal, and adaptable to using high-capacity magazines, experts say.
Experts should also say they are the weapon of choice for everyone, police, military, and armed citizens too. Why? They are inordinately useful for self-defense compared to the alternatives.
“There is no valid reason for civilians to have assault rifles, semiautomatic handguns and high-capacity magazines,” he said. “We have to start ratcheting down the firepower in civilian hands in the United States.”
Then why do ordinary citizens and the police overwhelmingly choose these for self-defense purposes? I love the logic that in police hands, suddenly these weapons become useful, even necessary, for self-defense, but me as some ordinary citizen, that I should be hobbled with a revolver, or an unwieldy shotgun or hunting rifle. The scary part is, who Greg McCune, the article’s author, is:
“I provide training for journalists in the Americas ranging from classroom, to online, eLearning, tip sheets, and blogging. I also serve as coordinator within Americas editorial for diversity issues and I run the Americas summer internship program.”
Teaching other journalists how to make one-sided hit pieces on gun ownership while apparently knowing little about firearms or firearm ownership. No wonder journalism as a profession is circling the bowl.