As a lifelong hunter and former life member of the National Rifle Association who once used a handgun to protect my life, I think it is important to clarify the reasons why so many people are rushing to buy assault weapons.
Guns like the AR-15 and Russian-designed SKS are not intended to hunt animals. Existing laws limit ammunition magazines to five rounds for hunting. Simply inserting a 20-round magazine into your gun while on the deer stand can cost you your hunting rights and, possibly your weapon.
Unfortunately, assault weapons are being snapped up by so-called “doomsday preppers” who fear a complete breakdown in civil authority. They see their stockpiles of food and weapons as a route to survival for their families and themselves.
Another buyer-demographic are those who are scared of “big government” and who expect an eventual revolution or showdown with government forces. I have too often heard these folks say that “the government has assault weapons . . . we’re just leveling the playing field.”
These folks are terrified of the future. Reading the news every day illustrates why. Finding ways to bring society to a more orderly and logical place would go a long way toward solving the gun proliferation problem by neutralizing its underlying cause.