You have no basis to make that statement.
Sure I do. The presence of the pistol grip does not make the gun any deadlier. It is functionally identical to what the gun would be like without a pistol grip.
You don't know what might be the final piece to set a mentally ill individual off. There has been a massive glorification of assault rifles going on for the past couple of decades, which has been accompanied by a massive increase in the use of the semiautomatic version of these rifles to commit mass slaughters. These mentally ill individuals, most of whom expect to die in these incidents, clearly have chosen the closest weapons available to those glorified automatic assault weapon-the semiautomatic version of those same weapons.
The notion that having a pistol grip on their gun will make someone decide to go on a killing spree is ludicrous. There is no basis for concluding such a thing. We may as well ban red cars in the belief that red makes people drive above the speed limit.
Enough of the slaughters-ban them now.
No. We are not going to violate people's rights for no reason.
Yet more and more people are being killed every year by deranged people using those pistol grip rifles.
I am not convinced of such a trend. But even if it is true, the presence of a pistol grip would not change the outcome of these attacks.
And many of those people killed are schoolkids.
How many school shootings have involved an AR-15? Three is it? I've not looked it up myself, but I think I saw that number mentioned by other people recently.
Of course these mentally ill people are drawn to the power of these weapons-that's the reason people buy them.
Having a pistol grip on a rifle does not increase its power in any way.
It sure as hell isn't to kill deer-it's to play Rambo.
If someone goes deer hunting using a gun with a pistol grip, their purpose is to hunt deer.
However, even if someone's reason for buying a gun is to "play Rambo" (whatever that means), that is their private business. So long as there is no justification for prohibiting the gun that they want, the Constitution protects their right to have it.
Our schoolchildren are being slaughtered because politicians are afraid of pissing off middle aged men who want to feed their fantasies with real life war toys.
No. The presence of pistol grips on guns is not causing any harm to anyone.
And it is more than just pissing off voters (although there is certainly that too). There is also the fact that a ban on pistol grips would be a grave violation of our human rights.