The Second Amendment is designed to prevent government tyranny. But in reality, small arms (even assault weapons) are going to have no effect against government forces. A machine gun doesn't matter against napalm or planes with missiles.
I tell this to people all the time and I am a veteran with combat arms experience. All the AR-15s in the world would be little help against a M-1 Abrahms tank or an Apache or Cobra helicopter. The days of minute men over throwing the government are long gone. How about a scout laser ginding a Joint Direct Attack Munition from F-22 Raptor and the M61A2 Vulcan 20 mm rotary cannon.
So it should be clear the military edge sides with the government. Not to mention Billy Bob Redneck would pee his pants if faced with military ordinance today. Our civilian populace is pretty soft, too. There is no safety space on the battlefield.
How long would it take you to fire off 33 bullets? 10 seconds? 15?
Most people should be able to get shot-to-shot splits at about 0.20 seconds, easy. I think I've done some 0.12 second splits with my Ruger 10-22. Assuming it takes 0.4 seconds for the first trigger pull, then 29 additional 0.15 second splits, that's about 4.7 seconds for a 30 round mag. You won't be accurate but if the people are densely packed does it matter.
One bullet from an AR-15 can go through several people folks. Movies often show car doors blowing them but that is wishful thinking folks. Penetration of US steel helmet through one side at 500 yards. Penetration of .135-inch steel plate at 500 yards. Look at how many boards the round plowed through here.
Additionally, this round tumbles and causes massive damage and hydrostatic shockhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dr7dpEDNNC4https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SPzxBJSIaGA
This means if you watch those that is makes a huge space of damage within the human body. Like an 8" long by 3" wide cavity of damage.
Handguns are definitely a bigger problem in this country than assault rifles.
Definitely, easier to hide and more likely to be used in anger. Just look at poor Chicago.
FBI was warned about this guy and didn't follow protocol, too.
The FBI said Friday that it failed to follow "protocols" when it received a tip earlier this year about the teenager accused of killing 17 in a mass shooting at a South Florida high school.http://thehill.com/homenews/news/374231-fbi-did-not-act-on-tip-warning-of-high-school-shooter
In January, person close to the accused shooter, 19-year old Nikolas Cruz, called the FBI's public tipline and raised concerns about his gun ownership, desire to kill and warned of a possible school shooting.
But the FBI never reported the tip to its Miami field office or investigated the claim, the bureau said Friday.
"Under established protocols, the information provided by the caller should have been assessed as a potential threat to life," the FBI said in a statement. "The information then should have been forwarded to the FBI Miami field office, where appropriate investigative steps would have been taken.
"We have determined that these protocols were not followed for the information received by the [Public Access Line] on January 5. The information was not provided to the Miami field office, and no further investigation was conducted at that time."
Which made this whole thing preventable....