Since I was 8, ‘confirm your target’. It goes through my head when I see people shoot through walls in the movies. I learned it from my Dad, who learned it from his. I can’t count the number of stories I’ve heard about someone who shot at what they thought was a deer/coyote/pheasant growing up.
I gotta side with Joe on the fact that I think shotguns are generally better defensive weapons, but I can’t imagine every scenario that would require a shooting solution and the gun to do the shooting. I can certainly imagine many where a rifle and lots of rounds would be a better choice.
It’s kinda funny that Cheney was a better teacher with regard to firearm safety by actually shooting someone than Joe does by shooting his mouth off.[/quote]
The key term missing here is “situation”. A shotgun can be far superior just like a rifle can be far superior, it all depends on circumstance.
Honestly I don’t understand why the hate on “assualt rifles”. I can kind of understand why some are against hand guns (I am 100% for) because they are good for defense only. A rifle, even a dreaded AR-15, can be used for hunting as well as defense. It just boggles my mind how these places with high gun violence haven’t realized it’s a violence problem not a gun problem. [/quote]
Situation/scenario, same thing. If I knew nothing other than the person was breathing, had a trigger finger, and needed a gun to defend themselves, I’d recommend a shotgun. I wouldn’t start moving towards semi-automatic rifles until I see criteria like adequate experience and physical capability or very low probability collateral damage.
Personally, I think you’re underselling handguns.
It’s not that different than the paranoia and lack of thought that goes along with racism; if you’ve got a shooting problem in your neighborhood, find the biggest, blackest gun you can find and, regardless of what the gun was doing or is used for, pin a crime on it and make it illegal. “I don’t care what ‘those’ rifles might be used for, I just don’t want them in my neighborhood.”
The issue with a shotgun is range, they have little to none. A rifle is also just as easy to shoot and with greater ammo capacity a better choice, imo. When under stress would you want 6 shells or 30 rounds? I’ll take 30 every time. A shotgun can also be hard to control and, imo, a smaller person would be able to defend themselve better with a rifle.
How am I underselling handguns? They are great for defense, that’s pretty much it. You can hunt with some larger caliber handguns w/scopes, but that’s more of an outlier to me.
Rifles are a scapegoat, that I agree with. I also think shotguns are great defensive weapons, just not always the best choice.