My heart and prayers go out to the families of the school shooting in Connecticut. This was such a tragedy.
With that being said, let's talk guns. As everyone in my family has at least one gun, none of us owns an assault weapon. I do not understand what the need is to have one of these. None of us wants to ban all guns, just these deadly assault weapons. I don't care who you are, you have no defense against a assault weapon of any kind.
I am a corrections officer watching over 3,500 inmates and we have no need for those types of weapons. We do carry a shotgun and a 9mm handgun. We do not need to carry assault weapons of any kind.
If law enforcement does not feel the need to carry them, then what need would a civilian have to carry or own one? As I stated, my whole family owns guns and no one wants them banned. We all believe in defending our homes and families, but does a person really need an assault weapon to do this? I do not think so.
I am concerned for my children and grandkids going to school or just walking down the street with assault weapons out there. You never know if someone is having a bad day and doesn't like the way they look or talk or anything. Assault weapons do not just kill, they tear a person to shreds when they are shot with one. To me, that is total overkill.
A person has a chance of surviving a shot by a handgun (depending on where they are shot) but no chance with an assault weapon. Assault weapons should be banned, not handguns or rifles or shotguns, but true assault weapons.