Ok... Let me update this OP since people seem to believe I'm uneducated on the topic because I hold a bit of a different view than some.
Yes, I know the difference between a semiautomatic and an automatic weapon. My issue is not whether it's semi or auto. My issue is that "some" of both of these weapons can hold numerous bullets or ammo. I don't care if you have to pull the trigger ten times or if you hold it down until the whole magazine is emptied. My issue is the fact that some of these guns can hold more bullets, ammo, whatever you prefer to call it than is needed. There's no reason a gun is made to hold several bullets at a time unless it is made to kill several "things" or people at a time.
I grew up in the country in a hunting family. We ALL have guns. I don't want to take your damn guns. What bothers me is the fact that so many states have different rules and regulations in order to purchase, own, carry, or sell a gun. Yes, there are SOME federal laws that encompass the whole country regarding guns, including background checks.
*I* feel that something should be done to make all state laws and regulations the same, or at least damn close.
I've heard so many of you say that you have 3-4 month waiting periods, and some say you've had to go through training courses, and yet others have to register their guns.
Did you know that some states (my state) do not require ANY of that? In my state the only thing I have to do in order to buy a gun is show up to a store with 2 forms of ID and a checkbook. They then run a background check which takes a whopping 15-20 minutes. After I pass the bg check I simply pay for the gun and any ammo I want and walk out with it. Wham bam thank you ma'am. There is no waiting period. I don't have to take any sort of training. I don't need to get a permit. And I don't even need to register it UNLESS I want to carry/conceal. If I want to carry, I simply go to the sheriffs office after I've already bought my weapon of choice and apply for a permit. It takes UP to 45 days to approve or deny. Once it's approved, I can carry/conceal for 5 years, no questions asked.
Now, this may sound awesome to some of you, but to me, it does not. It scares the daylights out of me because ANYBODY of age with 2 ID's and a checkbook, who have never been CAUGHT for anything, can go in and buy weapons within MINUTES.
Oh, and you don't even have to be 21. You have to be 18 to buy a rifle, 21 to buy a handgun (but you can be gifted one from a parent at 18). You have to be 18 to open-carry anything, 21 to conceal-carry a handgun.
Doesn't that make you feel great? Any kid or person for that matter, who has mental issues of any kind can even buy a damn gun. You know why? PA is one of the great gun toting states that does not share mental health records with the Federal Government--therefore even after someone has been committed, it does not show up on the background check. Oh, and PA is only ONE of THIRTEEN of these states. Makes ya feel all warm and fuzzy doesn't it.
Now, after all that. Doesn't it make you feel great that in my state, any person over 18 or 21 in SOME cases, can go into a store right after being released from the psych ward for an involuntary stay and buy a weapon ON the spot that holds multiple bullets or ammo and doesn't even need to get a permit or register the damn thing? It sure makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. -.-
So that being said, when I say I want stricter gun control, it doesn't mean I want to take your guns. It means I want all states on the same page with rules and regulations. It means I want to know that the man who just threatened to kill me cannot walk into a store and walk out with a gun in the next 30 minutes. It means I want people to have to go through training in order to learn about guns so there are less people getting hurt accidentally by their own gun because they don't know how to properly use it. It means I want to feel safe. I know some of you feel safer with guns in your home and that's your choice. I just don't want guns so legally accessible to people who shouldn't have them.