I agree about the arbitrariness of the classifications, particularly for "sexy" brands. I suspect that a chunk of that comes from the image of AK as an assault weapon rather than as a "useful" weapon, for example.
How much of the distinction in those cases is based on ease of conversion to full-auto? That puts me far outside of my knowledge space.
Regarding the "moot" between semi-auto hunting & military, I largely agree as well, though I see the five round (or some other small number with slowish reload) restriction as critical to the point of the civilian safety
I agree on the wackiness of the AR winding up strange - it's clearly politically motivated, rather than evidence-based; though the AR is particularly easy to convert from semi- to full-auto.
The general structure of unrestricted/restricted/prohibited works pretty well though: unrestricted is hunting weapons, restricted is civilian security forces and target shooting-only, and prohibited is "we don't want them on our soil - there's no civilian use". That setup seems to make sense, modulo the semi-autos that wind up restricted for no good reason.
What would you regulate differently?
No. The point of a ceremonial guard is to stand by the monument as part of the memorial. He's part of the constant vigil we keep to remember the past sacrifices made. He's not "guarding" the monument against a threat, except perhaps that of loss of memory.
If our government finds tracking bullets to be an arduous task, perhaps they are not qualified to have them in the first place.
That's just vacuous. Tracking increases costs - tracking issues of an unusable, yet important-to-track resource makes issuing that resource a total waste. And on't think of just what happens when you sign out the clip. Think of what happens when one goes missing - that's where the costs then seriously escalate. Don't make the ceremonial guard take on the onerous load unless you absolutely must.
What if the gun got dropped and discharged?
Then it's a miserable piece of shit. Only shitty guns discharge when dropped. Spend the money to get them a decent fucking gun, especially if they're your honor guard. There's no honor in standing there with a shitty gun. (The gun imparts no particular honor IMO, but it should at least be decent.)
Do you use firearms much? In real situations? Like even out at the range or in the woods? A loaded firearm is *always* a hazard. One you mitigate with practice and experience, but nevertheless *always* a hazard.
As for the "honour" being diluted? The ceremonial guard weapons are typically of historical interest, and represent their purpose for ceremony - there is much honour in being the ceremonial guard with a ceremonial weapon.
What if you stopped for a picture and someone took your gun
Took your gun? Seriously? TOOK YOUR GUN? What the actual FUCK? You don't put the fucking thing down
And you keep the psychopath from grabbing it from your hands how? Seriously, this is a ceremonial position in a public square. Stop thinking like a Rambo.
Number one thing for you to learn is that accidents are much more common than enemy action when on ceremonial duty. So plan for the accidents, not for the armed assault.
I'm going to stop there as the next few points you make cast insults at the brave men and women who serve our armed forces. Grow up.
Incorrect. The restriction to 5 rounds is for semi-automatic center-fire rifles or handguns. There is no restriction for non-semiautomatic center-fire rifles or handguns. Clarification at http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/cfp-...
The shooter's weapon has been reported as a Winchester
The point remains the same however - our firearms restraints make it difficult to go on a broad shooting rampage. Reloading the model 94 is a royal PITA (I know, it was my go-to deer hunting rifle for several years). Even with practice I doubt the 30 second reload time widely quoted.
And as I'm forced to interject in any gun-control talk, the main threat from guns is not a wack-job shooter, though they get all the press. The main threat is accidental/unintentional discharge by minors. The most critical change the US could make to its gun laws is to force (and enforce) unloaded storage with ammunition kept separate.
There are equivalencies to be made across the parties. This is not one of them.