Personification is a literary term used to describe when an inanimate object is given human characteristics. The AR-15 is personified as pure evil, so much so that the gun has eclipsed the deranged killer himself.
I uncovered a news story that reported on an event that occurred yesterday. WGN9 News out of Chicago Illinois reported that a man used an AR-15. With the AR-15 being such a central topic of debate, you would think this incident would gain front page attention and viral shares across social media…right? Not so fast. The story garnered no exposure and most people will never hear about it.
How Did He Use The AR-15:
On Monday, Feb 26, 2018 in Oswego Illinois, Dave Thomas (no relation to the Wendy's guy) stopped a knife-wielding attacker from killing another man. And he did it with his…AR-15. Thomas saw two men arguing outside an apartment. One of the men pulled a knife and started stabbing the other. Thomas ran to his home and retrieved his AR-15. He returned to where the man was being stabbed and pointed his rifle at the attacker, who was still stabbing the victim. He ordered the attacker to stop, which he did. The attacker fled the scene and was later located by police. The victim was transported to the hospital and is expected to survive.
From The Man's Own Words:
Naturally, Thomas was interviewed and he was asked why he grabbed his AR-15 instead of a handgun that was also in his home. Thomas said:
I ran back into the home, into my house and grabbed my AR-15. Grabbed the AR-15 over my handgun. It's just a bigger gun. I think a little bit more than an intimidation factor definitely played a part in him actually stopping.
He explained further:
The AR-15 is my weapon of choice for home protection. It's light, it's maneuverable. If you train and know how to use it properly, it's not dangerous. And this is just a perfect example of good guy with an AR-15 stopped a bad guy with a knife. And there were no lives taken, so all in all it was a good day.
Media Gives His Story no Love:
It is yet another story of a civilian using a firearm and in this case the dreaded AR-15 to save a life. Sadly this does not fit the narrative that is being forced upon consumers of the major media outlets. The truth is this story is not unique, and these incidents happen daily. You will never see mainstream media cover a story where lives were saved by civilian gun owners, and not a shot had to be fired.
Additionally, this fact brings up another reason statistics for defensive gun use are so underreported. Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) will document this incident as an aggravated assault or similar. Nowhere will this incident be listed as ‘good guy saves a life with a gun'. It disappears into a black hole never to be documented as proof that civilians with guns save lives all the time.
Why The AR-15?
Thomas, who happens to be a concealed carry licensee and firearms instructor makes the case for why the AR-15 is one of the most popular rifles in America. The gun is easy to operate, produces minimal recoil, reliable, customizable, adjustable, and accurate. The AR-15 is superior in many ways to the old standby home defense gun…the shotgun. Because of the many pellets cast out in a large pattern, shotguns loaded with buckshot, cannot be used unless the threat is isolated.
When shotguns are loaded with slug rounds, there is strong recoil from the shot. This makes shotguns difficult for many people to manage. The Ar-15 doesn't have this problem. The shotgun is still a viable home defense gun, but the AR-15's benefits are moving it into more American's hands as the go-to firearm for home defense.
Knowledge is Powerful:
When presented with the question of ‘why does anyone need an AR-15' you can site the multiple accounts where good guys with the AR-15 saved lives? Stories like these reinforce the undeniable truth, that the AR-15 is an inanimate object incapable of inflicting harm unless used by a person with an evil desire. Want to understand a little more about the AR-15? This article spells out exactly why the AR-15 is not an ‘Assault Rifle.'