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Easy Automatic Guns Overview

Easy Automatic Guns Overview

Types:
An automatic gun is any firearm that will consecutively rounds of ammunition and subsequently reload itself without manual loading or intervention. The automatic weapon comes in a variety of forms including:automatic pistols, automatic shotguns, assault rifles, and machine guns.
The term ‘machine gun’ carries two distinct interpretations, both a civilian and military classification. In military terms a machine gun is a large, ground-based, heavy-caliber weapon that is supported by a tripod or mounted on a vehicle. The military classification of machine gun is belt fed, meant for damaging air crafts or large buildings, and is subdivided into 4 groups. The military machine gun is not pertinent to everyday society.
The assault rifle is the most common form of weapon used by infantry men in the military. Assault rifles have detachable cartridges and possess selective fire, which enables the operator to switch from semi-automatic bursts to a fully automatic firing rate. Examples include M-16s and the G36.
The automatic shotgun uses gas to automatically reload cartridges, and is considered relatively uncommon. The average automatic shotgunuses a 12 gauge cartridge, is fed through an 8 round box magazine or 20-32 round drum magazine, and can fire at a rate of 350 rounds per minute. The automatic pistol is a hand held weapon that is magazine fed and can fire 1000-1200 rounds per minute. These weapons are most commonly used by law enforcement agencies and are extremely difficult to obtain for an average citizen.

Laws:
Automatic weapon as a “machine gun” that is capable of firing fully automatic rounds regardless of power, size, or ammunition. The term “machine gun” is not to be confused with the military definition, and was simply instituted by federal law to encompass all weapons capable of rapid fire. During the early 1920’s automatic weapons became popular, and the carnage they inflicted on society quickly grew uncontrollable. Organized crime members inflicted chaos on the society with the use of such weapons.
Following the lead of various state laws, then President Franklin D. Roosevelt instituted the National Firearms Act of 1934. This legislation which is still active today, forces a prospective automatic weapons buyer to partake in a comprehensive procedure which involves the United States National Treasury Department. Following the institution of the National Firearms Act many state governments adopted additional requirements necessary to obtain and use automatic weapons.

Concerns:
Although fully automatic weapons can fire endless rounds without human intervention, the impact that these guns have had on society are minimal. Violent crime statistics reveal that handguns have been the source of two million more murders via firearms than automatic weapons.
There have been only 2 documented murders via automatic weapons since the weapons were strictly regulates (some instances barred) from use in 1934. With scrupulous enforcement the ability to obtain such weapons is minimal. Handguns have flooded the market through black markets and illegal trade, the same cannot be said for automatic weapons.
There are currently 255,000 licensed automatic firearms in the United States-ownership is though to be split equally down the middle between law enforcement and civilian. This number seems high, but automatic weapons pose such great threats on society that the industry is essentially on lock down.
Thousands of guns are seized annually by the law enforcement agencies throughout the nation, however, only .7% of these firearms are of the automatic variety. Concerns over automatic weapons are minimal because the government has suffocated the market. Like buyers, manufacturers are significantly regulated in terms of production. The greatest risk associated with such powerful weapons is the what if premonition. What kind of carnage would ensue if these guns somehow ended up in the hands of a crazed individual?

Be Aware of These Automatic Gun Concerns

Be Aware of These Automatic Gun Concerns

Handguns, since 1934, have killed approximately two million more people than legally owned fully automatic weapons. Although they can fire hundreds of bullets with a simple squeeze of the trigger, fully automatic weapons have not impacted our society as one would expect.
 
 
In 1934, President Franklin D. Roosevelt placed a national restriction on the purchase and use of all fully automatic weapons. To obtain a fully automatic weapon one would have to go through extensive background checks, character tests, exorbitant fees, and approval from the National Treasury Department.
 
 
After approval, an automatic weapon has to then be registered with the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms. In contrast, to obtain a handgun, an individual (depending on state) would most likely just need to wait a couple of days and shell out a few hundred bucks. The contrast to obtain these different weapons is startling, and the main reason why handguns have been more prevalent in committing violent acts.  
 
 
At first thought, a hulking automatic gun, shooting 12 mm bullets at a rate of 1,000 rounds per minute seems catastrophic. The largest concern over automatic guns is simply what if. How would society function if a crazed individual were to gain access to such a powerful weapon? Automatic weapons possesses so much power, that they have the capacity to inflict unconscionable amounts of violence on a community. We are reminded of these horrific acts in the forms of mass murders in the United States.
 
 
Although automatic weapons were not used in the Virginia Tech shootings, or Columbine, they still pose that threat of what if? What if, instead of a semi-automatic rifle or pistol, those students had a fully automatic submachine gun? What if a disturbed individual gained access to an automatic weapon and in a heat of rage decided to go into a crowded space? The concern over automatic weapons naturally lies within their power. They can shoot infinitely faster than a handgun, have larger more piercing ammunition, and require no reloading time in between shots. The mere thought of an automatic weapon is frightening, however the act of obtaining such a gun is so difficult and costly that violent statistics concerning automatic weapons are insignificant. 
 
 
Between 1934 and 2009 over two million people have been killed via firearms in the United States. Whether by suicide or through murder, legally owned automatic weapons have accounted for a total of 2 of these 2 million+ murders. The statistics involving automatic guns are meager due to the strict enforcement and governmental control of the weapon. In 2005, there were approximately 255,000 automatic weapons registered with the BATF-ownership was split equally among civilians and law enforcement agents.
 
 
Both automatic weapons used in the violent crimes were registered and purchased legally. A great example of the insignificance that automatic weapons have on our society is a statistical breakdown of Miami in the 1980s. The city, which was overrun by drug wars and homicide was considered to be the "machine gun Mecca"of the world. Over 600 murders were committed annually in Miami during this time (compared to 74 a year now) and only 5 people were thought to be killed via an automatic weapon. Of the thousands of guns seized annually by law enforcement throughout the country only .7% are automatic weapons.
 
 
The industry is so well regulated due to the regulation of manufacturers. By restricting and overseeing the production of automatic weapons the market becomes scarce and heavily regulated. Luckily nobody will know the true power of these weapons on a society because of such strict and efficient enforcement.