Full Auto vs Semi-Auto?
I've participated in several conversations (well, a lot more than several), about gun bans and so forth, and particularly the ban on full-auto weapons.
Here's a thought for you to either agree with, or dispute.
In my opinion, a full auto weapon in the hands of a bad guy is probably less dangerous than if the bad guy had a semi-auto.
The first reason is lack of accuracy when shooting full auto. At the Missoula Annual Bowling Pin shoot the fastest time for getting five pins off the table was with a semi-auto shotgun, an amazing 2.15 seconds. The distance was 21 feet. Here's some of the times:
Fastest single runs of the day - seconds
2.17 - Autoloading shotgun
2.54 - .22 Rifle
2.55 - Pump shotgun
2.94 - .22 Pistol
Total of best two runs - seconds
4.56 - Autoloading shotgun
5.91 - .22 pistol
6.07- .22 rifle
7.16 - Pump Shotgun
7.86 - Full-auto
8.93 - Centerfire pistol
10.77 - Double-action Revolver
13.36 - Single-action Revolver
19.45 - Lever-action rifle
Unfortunately center fire semi-auto rifles were shooting a different class with pop cans instead of bowling pins, so no times are available for comparision. I would predict that they would have been in the high6's to low 7's.
Clearly when speed and accuracy are combined, full auto weapons show no advantage, and if anything, they are at a disadvantage. Do they put the most lead down range? No doubt about it. Do the sub-gunners have the most fun? They WERE having fun! However hitting the target is a REALLY big part of the equation, and at that they didn't fare too well.
Think about this: If you come up against a bad guy with a weapon, there are two possibilities, either he is competent with his weapon, or he isn't. If he knows what he's doing, he will wait for his shot, and probably get you with the first shot, no matter how many more rounds he has in the magazine.
On the other hand, if he's a bozo with an UZI, he may well spray all thirty rounds all over the place with one trigger pull, and very possibly miss you entirely. Once his magazine is empty, or thre gun jams, you can take him out with whatever is at hand.
If he was shooting semi-auto, he may plink away at you one shot at a time, and it might not turn out so well for you.
The argument can be made about an UZI in a small room, but I would question just how deadly it might be compared with a semi-auto 12 gauge with buckshot. A full auto with a 30 round magazine has 30 bullets to send down range, an 8 shot 12 gauge with double ought buckshot has 72.
The question, then, is this:
Why are full autos banned at all? They certainly don't give bad guys any advantage, and might even put them at a disadvantage instead......