Originally Posted by Andy Moore
Learn to treat guns with respect? Fine! I have nothing against shooting. However, civilians have absolutely *no need* to learn to fire machine guns.. They are for killing people.
And as for admiring guns as some sort of engineering work of art is -in my opinion- slightly unhinged.
Hence your rather aghast reaction to the video. I personally see no point in collecting, say, Pez dispensers, but still, people do.
FWIW, the machine guns used at that meet are all collectors pieces (and pricey ones at that.) Americans typically do not walk around armed with M-240s.
The collectors have all passed extremely thorough background checks, and have, on average, waited well over ten years for a Class 3 Federal Firearms License.
The shooters are participating, not so much to gain proficiency, but rather because it's an anomaly; something you can do there that you can't do anywhere else (almost true; there are some other places where full-auto firearms and range time can be rented.) The shooting spots on the range at the meet are booked well in advance (two years on average), and time on the guns is booked shortly after the range lineup is filled.
Is it necessary? Of course not. Neither is teaching some kid to ride a motorcycle extremely fast on a road course. It is simply something people do for entertainment.