Your statement is contradictory, fragmentation is an aspect of bullet design, and in the case of the. 223/5.56, an unintended one originally.
Consider this, if the .223 and 5.56 were so awesomely deadly, why are they only generally used (and in many cases allowed by law) to hunt small critters like groundhogs and coyotes with?
And once the .223 design was found to have fragmentation properties and "stopping" power, ammunition manufacturer went to work to enhance those properties.
As General McChrystal says there is no good reason for such weaponry based on military weapons nor ammunition. I would go with his opinion on this issue as I consider his opinion to be informed. Mind you gun loons claim that McChrystal is "giving aid and comfort to the enemy" by making such statements.
Crazy US state laws on firearms and ammunition - a great reason for enhanced federal gun control, IMHO.
And how about former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Colin Powell on gun control and the fear that a despotic government will be coming after freedom loving 'Muricans so they need their guns.
“As the Second Amendment says, a well-regulated militia is essential to our national identity,” former Secretary of State Gen. Colin Powell told the Morning Joe crew on Monday, adding that gun control advocates need only follow the Amendment in order to accomplish their goals.
“The American people want to see something done, and it is not a threat to the Second Amendment,” Powell said, live at The Dubliner.
“A message I’d like to see get out is: ’we’re not taking away your Second Amendment rights,’” Powell said. ”I believe in the Second Amendment, I have guns in my home, I am prepared to protect my family, but I’m prepared to do whatever is necessary to make sure that everyone buying guns is checked—what is objectionable about that?”
Extremists who think they need to protect themselves from the government need to be countered by diplomatic calls for gun control, the panel agreed.
“The Second Amendment was written to protect the people from the government, but the reality is the government isn’t coming after you and the Second Amendment is intact. You can own guns legally,” Powell said. “But the American people have been devastated by what’s happened at Newtown and elsewhere.”http://tv.msnbc.com/...tions-you-know/
But hey what would McChrystal and Powell know about firearms and their use????
In Canada Liberal leadership candidate Marc Garneau is talking about prohibiting military style semi-automatic weapons (not just restricting them). Another former member of the armed forces whose grandfather and father were career military officers.
The Montreal MP said Tuesday he’d look at banning semi-automatic weapons, like the military-style, .223-calibre Bushmaster used in last week’s massacre.
“There is absolutely no reason that anybody can vote to say that that kind of weapon, that can fire off great numbers of rounds like that, is necessary,” Garneau told The Canadian Press. ”That kind of weapon, to me, definitely — well, it is (already) a restricted weapon but one should look at not allowing those things.”http://www2.macleans...on-gun-control/
There have been calls to upgrade some weapons from unrestricted to restricted (e.g. Ruger Mini-14 and Beretta CX4 Storm) or even prohibited.
On the morning after the Dawson College shootings in Montreal, the country awoke to images of gunman Kimveer Gill photographed in sinister poses with the futuristic black rifle used in his rampage.
For many Canadians, it was the first they had seen or heard of the Beretta CX4 Storm, a sleek, 9-mm, semi-automatic carbine that had entered the Canadian market only two years earlier.
But for some who saw them, the pictures — disseminated on TV, in newspapers and across the Internet — were more than just a glimpse into a broken mind: they were a sales pitch.
Data obtained by the Citizen from the federal gun registry show that new registrations of the Beretta CX4 Storm nearly tripled after the Sept. 13 shootings.
In the month after the attack, there were 46 new registrations of Storms to individual owners across the country, compared with 16 new registrations the month before.
The sudden rise in registrations was no statistical blip. In the month following Sept. 13, 2005 — the year before the shooting — only nine Storms were registered by individuals.
In fact, in no month since the gun went on sale had so many Canadians acquired the gun.
The immediate reaction to Dawson, it appears, was a rush to buy the gun that the shooting suddenly made infamous.http://www.canada.co...ab07bd0&k=19504
In the case of the Ruger Mini-14, dubbed the "poor man's assault rifle" by opponents, Lepine used 30-round magazines that are now banned in Canada. Today, the largest magazine allowed holds five rounds.
The Ruger Mini-14 was one of the weapons legally obtained and used by Anders Breivik to kill 77 in Norway last year.
Former Liberal justice minister Irwin Cotler suggested in a 2005 letter that he'd like to ban the Ruger Mini-14, but later said it was a "mistake" following opposition from Canadian gun owners.
The Canadian Association of Police Boards passed a resolution at its conference earlier this year to reclassify certain firearms, including the Mini-14, as restricted.
The Beretta CX4 Storm used in the Dawson shooting is a less powerful weapon, called a semi-automatic carbine, with a trigger that resembles one on a pistol. It is more compact than the Ruger, and the cartridge reloads behind the trigger.
Montreal coroner Jacques Ramsay said in his 2008 report on the shooting that semi-automatics such as the Storm should not be available to the public and should be prohibited outright. Gill was able to obtain one as a gun-club member.
"It's a lighter rifle, it's easier to manoeuvre, but it is still very precise," Ramsay said at the time.
Former public safety minister Stockwell Day mused in the days following the Dawson College shooting about restricting firearms such as the Storm, but that did not happen.
Semi-automatics were banned in Australia in the wake of a 1996 mass murder in Tasmania. "Australia is a safer country as a result of what was done in 1996," former prime minister John Howard wrote in August 2012 and the statistics bear that out.