Of course, Americans can own fully-automatic (multiple shots with a single trigger squeeze) rifles. It’s just incredibly difficult; buying a machine gun involves more red tape than you’ll find in Santa’s workshop. Oh, and you can only buy a fully automatic weapon manufactured on or before May 1986. (None of the really cool modern military stuff for you Boyo.) Limited supply and strong demand put the price of machine guns in the tens of thousands of dollars. Few people can be bothered to shell out the cash and jump through the hoops. And very few of those buy a machine gun for self-defense. Unless you’re using a full-auto gun for suppressive fire, you’re better off shooting a semi-automatic rifle. Still, what’s the big deal about machine guns? From society’s point of view, would machine guns be that much more dangerous than the weapons currently used for spray-and-pray drive-by shootings? Should machine guns be legal?