Rachel, this column is so ridiculous that I created an account just to respond to it. I am a Marine infantryman and I'm here to tell you why our troops only fire at 15-20% of the max rate: 1) You shoot at a slow rate to conserve ammo and 2) If you fire at the max rate of your rifle for a sustained period it will overheat your weapon and eventually warp the barrel. Our troops are highly disciplined in their shooting and you make this completely off-the-wall assumption about their state of mind in combat. Ignorance + Arrogance = STUPID. Your other assertions about guns and deadly force situations are ridiculously speculative as well, but I have limited space.