I know this is an international forum and this is distinctly an issue only within the USA. But it is worth discussing. Shucks, as big a smart ass as I am, I might learn something. I have used both automatic and semi-automatic weapons. I have a large bolt-action Laputa chambered Weatherby, a 22 Enflied, a Thompson contender with multi barrels, and a Provo Grizzley as well as shotguns. I used to do a lot of iron sight silhouette shooting, both long and short gun version. I quit the NRA (after Bush 41) due to the "jackbooted government thugs"of Wayne LaPierre in 1994 (?). The Gun Owners of America's [sic] Larry Platt has an even more extreme reactionary, anti-government, neo-anarchist position and I could never stoop that low. What do I need a 30 or 100 round clip for? Shooting "jackbooted government thugs". What do I need a semi-automatic rifle for? To target Pratt's "communist dictator" whom I call my President. Sorry, I believe in the Bill of Rights but believe it applied to militias and individuals in the Eighteenth Century. It was not created to create a right to arm with military equipment with which to oppose the government. You have the right to firearms. I think semi-automatic pistols and single-shot rifles meet the bill (if you need more shots than 5 or 10 using a bolt or pump or bolt, go to your range and refine your skills). Neither the Constitution nor the Bill of Rights are suicide pacts. Nor are they an excuse to treat the mentally ill as threats, nor are they a blanket with which to condone massacres with firearms.