You bring up an important point, though; I have this internal dilemma, wherein I support the right of adults to own as many large and dangerous toys as they want on principle, but then the other supporters of firearm possession bust out bullshit rhetoric like this and I just want to dissociate myself from the cause as much as possible.
So in America, all you have to be is 18 years old or 21 years old to purchase a rifle/shotgun/handgun? No licenses or anything? Wtf, and you're crying about it? Come to Canada.
Well understandably thats a given. What are the other requirements? In Canada, you have to pass the gun licence test and then have your name registered in that database and to purchase assault rifles is an even stringent requirement, requiring another licence I think. So an average joe can purchase an assault rifle or any firearm easily in the US?
Not easily no, it just doesn't require a permit.
As for "assault rifles", state legislature tends to be a factor on that one.
As others have said it depends on what state you are in. The federal assault rifle ban expired under bush so generally speaking semi-auto matics are completely legal. Some states like California ban assault rifles at the state level but most of the states allow what most people would commonly call "assault" rifle. I disagree with that term but that is another debate.
I live in Tennessee where there are very little additional firearm laws. When I buy a gun I have to fill out the proper paperwork, then the seller sends my info to various law enforcement databases to see if I have a criminal record, and then I get the gun. The background check can take up 20 minutes but usually it is less for me.
Sorry but I would love to see how much some of these and other predators think twice knowing that an adult with a firearm might end their days is they act according to their desires.... but it won't happen here in kalifornia:phil2: