Yes, I know… many folks will say: “Come on… That was way back then. We're not back in the days of the Wild West. This is now!!” The ‘logic’ behind such a statement truly baffles me. In truth, there was actually 'law and order' in the Old West and the will to enforce such laws.
In the wake of several high-profile mass shootings in the States, it is only right that Americans pause and ask themselves critical and well-informed questions as to the ‘why’ of all this. It is only right, but it is also not happening. Americans have fixated on the ‘how’ of all this instead. Rather than blame it on a social condition (which it is), they try to blame the implements used by the perpetrators. A favorite word bandied around of late has been the generic term “assault weapon”. In most instances, it has been applied to a wide range of weapons which are NOT in fact an assault weapon. This is a sticking point with the NRA and should be with any gun owner in any country. So what actually IS an assault weapon?
Some firearm related statistics:
In the same year in Canada, there were a staggering 554 homicides. Of these, 170 involved the use of a firearm. I'm not even going to get into the break down of these stats, as you can plainly see that they are absolutely inconsequential in comparison. Gun violence in Canada had at that point been in decline for the last 44 years. When queried why this might be, it was stated that in modern Western societies, people had found a preference for settling differences in a civilized manner. Well clearly some of us have...
But then again this is, as usual, only one man's opinion.
* As a footnote, I don't see what all the rage is about the AR-15 variant models. This is probably similar to those folks who believe that a Harley-Davidson is the ONLY type of motorcycle to own, if you want to be seen as a 'biker'.
The AK-103 is a far superior weapon in just about every aspect and it fires a 'real round' of 7.62x39mm / .308", whereas the AR-15 and all other variants such as the M-16A1 and M4A2 fire a simpering 5.56x45mm / .223" one.
An standard M43 AK-47/103 round is basically a .308, 123 grain boat-tail bullet. It will stop not only a human target, but it will also stop a car. Typical muzzle velocity for this round is around 2,396 fps.
A standard AR, M16 or M4 round (depending on the type of load-out, either M193 or M855), will vary from 55 grains to 64 grains. Muzzle velocity may vary anywhere from 2,500 - 3,100 fps. The terminal velocity of this round however, is dictated by the length of the weapon's barrel. Shorter barrels allow for a less complete burn of the charge and therefore considerably lower muzzle velocities. For a round that depends almost entirely on the muzzle velocity for inflicting maximum damage on a target, this is not particularly desirable.