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Why Does Anyone Need an AR15 Rifle? A Coherent Answer

When was the last time you heard that AR15 assault rifles and other weapons of war have no place on our streets? Will banning or highly regulating all AR15 rifles make the average citizen safer? And who needs an AR 15 anyhow? Finally, what are the top reasons for owning an AR15? I hope to answer these questions and maybe challenge some pre-conceived thoughts on the topic.

AR 15 weapons of war?

The AR15, why does anyone need one?

We have wonderful Podcast listeners. Recently R.G. wrote in with a timely question:

Hey Guys,

Was listening to the recent News episode of the podcast. I had a question for you guys. I've been in some discussions with people who ask the infamous question, “Why does anyone need an AR15?”
… One response that I get that I would like to know how you would respond to is, “The same outcome could have been accomplished with a handgun or a shotgun.” … I have my response to that but I was curious to how you would respond to someone suggesting (telling) you what you should use for home defensive purposes.
What follows is my answer to his question, along with some other common questions about AR15 ownership.

No One Needs an AR 15:

R.G., we must have a logical, fact-based response to this question. I believe that many who want to regulate guns don't understand the complexity of gun legislation. Additionally, they often also do not know how firearms operate.

Their opinion is based more on emotion and the misinformation spread around by the news. Some people who want more gun control are kind-hearted people who believe that ‘gun control' will save lives.

We should try our best to educate and appeal to their sense of wanting to do good. A few methods to do this include:
  1. Clear up misconceptions about AR15 rifles and guns in general
  2. Address effectiveness of current legislation
  3. Propose what may work even better
A couple of sure-fire ways to shut down a conversation is to try and make someone think the way you do. And to argue from a position of emotion rather than facts. But, of course, some people will not listen to anything that may challenge their position on a topic. This confirmation bias can affect BOTH sides of a particular issue.
I recommend that you not spend too much time arguing with those who do not desire honest dialogue. However, anytime there is an opportunity to chat on the subject, be willing.

Fact-Based Responses:

Simply telling someone they are wrong, and you are right is rarely convincing. But, on the other hand, facts and data can open eyes. For that reason, I have cited many references from which I pulled my data.

Why does anyone need an AR 15?

Here are some possible responses:
  • I don't need an AR 15, but I have the right to own one. It is a simple answer that stands alone. Outside of states that already have “assault rifle” bans, owning an AR 15 is not illegal. Making this simple statement turns the question back toward the person.
    • The question is for them to explain why people shouldn't have an AR 15.

Likely responses to why you shouldn't be allowed to have an AR 15 are:

  • AR 15 rifles are military-grade – This is FALSE
    • No military in the world uses a semi-automatic AR 15.
  • Fully automatic/machine guns – This is FALSE
    • They are semi-automatic, the same as 90% of other rifles and nearly 100% of handguns. And no semi-automatic and fully-automatic are not ‘pretty much the same thing.'

The AR-15 is semi-automatic only—one shot per trigger squeeze. Fully automatic rifles can fire 3 round burst or continuously with a single trigger squeeze.

  • AR-15 rifles are more lethal – This is FALSE.
    • Guns are lethal. If they were not lethal, criminals wouldn't use them to hurt others, and good guys wouldn't use them to defend themselves and others.
  • AR 15 use high or large-caliber ammunition – This is FALSE.
    • The 5.56 cartridge is minuscule in size and kinetic energy when compared to the most popular hunting rifles. Take a look at the Remington 750 30-06 semi-automatic rifle. It doesn't look too scary. Look at the 30-06 cartridge of the Remington 750 and compare it to the 5.56 cartridge of the AR15. Clearly, there are far more ‘powerful' caliber rifles than that of the typical 5.56 AR15.
    • AR15 rifles come in several different calibers. Should AR15 style rifles that shoot .22LR ammunition be banned as well? If it is the caliber and not the rifle, which caliber(s) should we regulate?

The 5.56 cartridge used in AR15 rifles does not have close to the mass and kinetic energy of the 30-06, which is a common hunting caliber.

  • Mass killers use AR 15 rifles more than any other guns – This is FALSE.
    • I would direct you to this link from the FBI. It shows that ALL rifles used in homicides are only a tiny fraction of the types of firearms used in homicides. For example, in 2014, rifles of all kinds were used in 248 homicides. Compare that to the 5,562 homicides where criminals used a handgun. Or the 1,567 deaths where criminals used a knife or cutting instrument.

FBI statistics on deaths by rifle

  • AR-15 rifles are the gun of choice for mass shooters – This is FALSE.
    • Killers used AR15 rifles in many mass casualty incidents, but they are not the “weapon of choice.” And the presumption that mass shootings or killings would not take place without the AR15 is factually incorrect.
      • The Virginia Tech shooter used only handguns to kill 32 humans and wound 17. In Columbine, the deranged teens used handguns and shotguns. The Fort Hood shooter used handguns, and the list goes on.
        • Here is a compilation of the most recent mass killing incidents and what guns the criminals used.
  • AR-15 rifles can kill more people because of high-capacity magazines – This is FALSE.
    • The term ‘High-capacity magazine' is a made-up term. The standard AR 15 magazine holds 30 rounds and only became “high capacity” when politicians asserted that limiting a magazine to a 10 round capacity would make the gun safer. No data shows a magazine of 11 rounds makes a gun more dangerous than that of a firearm with a 10 round magazine.
    • Furthermore, no statistical evidence exists that shows any reduction in crime or mass shootings in states that have enacted laws banning magazines of more than 10 rounds.
    • On a side note, the Parkland shooter used 10 round magazines. The magazine's capacity has nothing to do with the lethality of a firearm. Magazines can be changed out quickly, negating the “more bullets = more lethal” concept. Furthermore, magazines that hold more than 10 rounds are not unique to AR 15 rifles. Magazine limit restrictions just don't work.
  • AR-15 rifles only kill innocent humans – This is FALSE.
    • People often use Ar-15 rifles to protect innocent lives. Of course, people quickly pivot away from this point, but it is factually accurate.
    • Listed are just a few incidents where someone used an AR15 in self-defense.  Anyone who searches for “AR15 used to save a life” or similar will be able to find many more justified uses.
Steven Williford

This average man named Steven Williford prevented the Sutherland Springs massacre from being worse. He used his AR-15 to shoot the suspect, who later died of his injuries.

Check out our training course, Complete Home Defense, where we discuss armed and unarmed strategies to keep your family safe.

But, Couldn't They Have Just Used a

  • Could they have just used a handgun?
    • In some instances, any gun may have stopped the attackers. There is no way to know for sure. But you can be sure that examples like Sutherland Springs, where the good guy shot from a distance, would have been much more difficult with a handgun. And with a shotgun, nearly impossible.
      • Shotguns shot at a long distance are less effective and actually place the general public at increased risk because of the spreading of pellets.
    • Maybe they could have used a different gun to defend themselves. But let's ask the question, why do you think the person chose an AR-15?
      • AR-15s are easy to learn how to shoot. They are accurate, light, and don't produce a lot of recoil, making the gun perfect for everyone. These are just some of the reasons why it is the most popular rifle used in shooting sports. Furthermore, the AR 15 rifle replaced nearly every other carbine or rifle used by law enforcement because it is so effective in various applications.
AR 15 sporting rifles

Alpha Addy, a juvenile competitive shooter, can handle the AR-15 like a champ. This ease of use is one reason it is such a popular rifle.

Let's look deeper at the “couldn't they just use a handgun or shotgun” argument.

  • If someone ‘could have used a different gun to defend themselves, is it not fair to also ask, if AR 15 rifles were banned, couldn't a killer just use a handgun or shotgun?' Sure they could. You can show them the above incidents where the person committing murder DID use a different type of gun, knife, blunt object, etc. We have to realize good guys and bad guys have similar reasons for choosing an AR-15.

AR-15 rifles are functionally NO DIFFERENT than almost every semi-automatic rifle sold.

Why don't we try an Assault Rifle Ban and see what happens?

The Federal Government implemented an assault weapons ban for 10 years. However, a government study showed it had ZERO effect on crimes committed with ‘assault weapons.' Here is a Washington Times in 2004 article on the study.

And Most Simply:

  • I need or want an AR 15 because criminals have AR-15 rifles. As long as criminals can get them, I want to defend my family with one. Furthermore, since there are more than 10 million AR15 owned in the United States, it's safe to say I only place myself and my family at a significant disadvantage if I turn mine in. Why should you not be able to defend your family with a firearm that shines in the role of self-defense?

So What Proposals do AR15 Owners Propose?

I won't presume to speak for every gun owner, but here are some things to consider:

Perhaps additional gun laws aren't the answer. Instead, educating more people on how to prepare better and respond to an incident would be better. How about promoting training and concealed carry, rather than making it taboo or a burdensome process? Furthermore, teaching firearm safety not only helps the gun owner but others as well.

When Attorney General Holder made it a point to “really brainwash” the way Americans looked at guns, it put a scarlet letter on gun owners. The notion that people who own guns are dangerous, or more prone to violence than non-gun owners is absolutely ridiculous.

As a result, learning how to be safe with a firearm or even carry one for protection has become suspect behavior. Many law-abiding, good-hearted gun-owners won't post a picture of themselves training with a gun on social media because of the reflexive, negative judgment they may receive.

Next time you hear someone say, “the NRA is a terrorist organization” or “the NRA is killing our kids,” ask them to name the last mass shooting committed by an NRA member. Yet the organization is constantly depicted as evil and the members a freakish cult of maniacs waiting for an opportunity to kill someone. The NRA has issues. However, the organization has probably done more to push gun safety and training than any other organization in history.

Turning every gun owner in America into a boogeyman hasn't helped.


Truthfully, the only solution is a change of heart. If someone murders people, it has never been and will never be a result of a gun. It is always that person's action that caused them to pull a trigger. We are all influenced by failures, problems, and the unfair and evil world we live in. But nothing anyone says or does to us absolves us from the ultimate responsibilities of our own decisions. We have to stop scapegoating others for the crimes of another. Call it what it is, evil.

I hope this helps and can be used as a reference when answering the question-

Why does anyone need an AR15?

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37 Responses to Why Does Anyone Need an AR15 Rifle? A Coherent Answer

  1. John Legggat March 27, 2018 at 7:33 pm #

    My little village here on Ridge road in NY, is about 60 miles East of Niagara Falls. During the war of 1812, a Brit group with a band of Indians started moving East, burning every farm. The first survivor arrived and gave warning. There was one farm here, with enough land cleared to support a horse, so that rider set out immediately. Within 24 hours, they Marched West with 200 men after electing their own leader, most with a blanket for a coat, and old equipment to stop the threat. They met the brits and indians who were at a village tavern about half way to Niagara Falls, they waited until past midnight, rushed the tavern and captured the brits who had stacked arms, and killed some of the indians who fought back with axes and knives. They then marched the prisoners to link up North of Buffalo and took part in the battles. When they were released to return home. Every member of the unit was given a brand new Brittash rifle, ammunition and ball. The state of the Art weapon of the day, each man kept them. The intent of the 2nd Amendment was clear then, and it is clear now. With Asymmetric warfare the coming threat, anyone intending on watering down the 2nd Amendment and banning the ‘common use arm’ of the day, the AR-15, is either clueless or wanting to see the Nation weakened. The AR-15 is the one weapon currently available that meets the intent of the 2nd Amendment. Same training, same parts, same magazines, same ammunition, and same accessories. Anyone thinking of removing them from citizens hands is wearing blinders.

    • Anita Ray October 28, 2018 at 4:40 pm #

      Well said, John! Thank you.

      • Charles Ashby March 31, 2021 at 9:22 pm #

        The AR15 is not and never was an assault rifle. It was designed for civilian use. The earlier ones could be modified to be made fully automatic, but not the later ones. SO what is an assault rifle? To start with every gun used in a military way in history was an assault rifle/( weapon). This going back to the days of the match lock musket and earlier. Of course that does not mean those things are used today other than demonstrations. Hence the AR16 and newer versions are the assault rifles. So the Liberals also want to take magazines of 10 rounds and over away. Think about that? I know of very few rifles with less than a 10 round magazine except some WW11 ones. I, in away don’t believe we need magazines more than the 20 round ones which come with the AR15. we don’t need the 30, 40 or 50/100 round canister magazines which are on the market.

    • Floyd Boyer March 31, 2021 at 6:56 pm #

      The question should not be Why does anyone need one? but..Why doesn’t everyone have one?

      Japan did not attack our shores because they thought everybody was armed and ready to defend our Country!

    • Charlie Loving March 31, 2021 at 7:07 pm #

      In some 65 years I have only carried a side arm when I was flying in Nam or Angola. I never used it and so far have n ever used a gun for anything. I have a dozen or so and they are in the attic and it would take me an hour to find them. I live in far west Texas and have never seen an intruder unless you count Border Patrol Agents. Never needed a gun for anything.

    • Huapakechi April 1, 2021 at 9:55 am #

      I do not like the AR platform rifles due to my military experience. In my opinion, it is not suitable for the battlefield.
      I prefer the “old iron” technology of the M1911 and the M14. Solid and dependable. Don’t get me wrong, I own all sorts of shotguns, rifles, and handguns.
      I hunt deer with a venerable pump-action 30.06 rifle.

  2. Albert March 28, 2018 at 7:12 am #

    “no one ‘needs’ a {Fill in the blank}; there are ‘wants’ and ‘needs’; everyone ‘needs’ FOOD, CLOTHING, and SHELTER…everything else is ‘nice to have’………unfortunately, I usually run out of ‘money’ before I run out of ‘wants’….

  3. C.Barba March 28, 2018 at 11:17 am #

    People also need to be educated on what AR 15 means and does not stand for Assault Rifle!

    • Matthew Maruster March 28, 2018 at 11:19 am #

      Great point, I overlooked the confusion people have with the name.

    • John L Sprague March 31, 2021 at 9:48 pm #

      Absolutely…my DB15 looks exactly like an “AR15” (the AR is an abbreviation of the manufacturer…does not mean Automatic Rifle (which I think are not available to the public to acquire/have)).

  4. Bill March 28, 2018 at 6:11 pm #

    Great article! I enjoyed reading it!
    Some people as you state will never change their mind, either because they are just so far gone there actually is no way back for them or they have been brainwashed for so long, they won’t even listen to an opposing opinion! No one has brought up that back in my school days (45 years or so ago) there wasn’t a pickup truck that could be seen without a gun rack in the back window, and usually a shotgun or such on the rack in the school parking lot, and that was a normal site seen everywhere. We didn’t go out and shoot anyone, it wasn’t even a thought, In fact I really don’t remember school shootings at all ever while i was growing up, so I guess the statement “guns don’t kill people, People kill People” Actually is true!!.
    As proven over and over Knowledge is power but I’m afraid with all of the media pushing this falsehood about guns most people really do believe what their hearing…… That used to be something you could do in the past (put some trust in the media as to what they were saying was actually true), but not anymore in today’s world!
    Great Article Thanks!!
    God Bless America!

    • Matthew Maruster March 28, 2018 at 6:52 pm #

      Thank for the great feedback Bill! The attitude towards guns and gun owners have changed. We will continue to fight the noble fight and do it with facts and reason. God bless Sir!

  5. Jay Lacson March 28, 2018 at 7:59 pm #

    I love the AR-15 and have owned a few in the past. What is interesting is when I did have an AR all it did was collect dust. So i have sold them in the last few years and probably will not buy another rifle in the near future. With that said the AR-15 platform is the best rifle in the USA as far as I am concerned. It is very easy to shoot, very little recoil and very easy to clean.

  6. Tanner June 19, 2018 at 7:40 am #

    One argument I’d like to add in regards to magazine capacity (few people think of this): with minimal practice a magazine change can be performed in about a second (even less with more practice), therefore a magazine capacity restriction only empowers those meant to do harm over those who respond in defense. How do? Well… a person threat is going on the offensive will take time to prepare (as is seen in nearly EVERY case of a mass shooting or home invasion). They will have spare magazines loaded and stuffed into a tac vest, magazine pouch etc. ready for speedy reloads. The defensive responder on the other hand will very often not have time to prepare. They will tend to only have the rounds already in the rifle (or handgun, or shotgun) to use to defend themselves and others. Imagine the situation where you are awoken by the sound of your door being kicked in in the middle of the night… are you going to have spare magazines at the ready? Or time to grab them? I bet you’d feel a lot better with 30 rounds than 10. Your attackers will have spares…

  7. Robert Bruce November 18, 2018 at 6:16 pm #

    I want to thank anyone/everyone who contributed to this most informative and refreshing review of the AR-15:the myths surrounding it, the lies told about it, and the many practical, nay, indispensable uses of–not least of which are the protection of home, hearth, person,, freedom, and country. Sometimes I feel as if I am adrift in a sea of limbic brained, crayon chewing liberals incapable of creating anything resembling coherent thought on their own. Thankfully there are folks out there who use DATA and their gray cells to think these problems through! Godspeed to all of you!

    • Matthew Maruster November 19, 2018 at 9:58 am #

      Thanks Robert,
      I appreciate the feedback about on the post. I agree, that there is much confusion about what the heck the AR is and what it isn’t. I am amazed at the level of ignorance surrounding the AR-15 amongst average citizens. But also disappointed by gun owners who believe that anyone who asks “why do you need an AR-15” should be answered with expletives and anger. They will be quick to condemn a ‘leftist’ because when it comes to gun rights they have no idea what they are talking about. But at the same time, can’t articulate an argument for their position besides regurgitated talking points like ‘molon labe’ and ‘because the second amendment says I can’. Obviously, these people are not the ones who will be part of the solution in educating the masses. They actually do more harm than good. Anyhow, I am glad you saw the goal of the article is focusing on cogent arguments by which people can use to educate rather than infuriate.

      • Robert Bruce November 20, 2018 at 11:25 am #

        Hi Matthew, Thank you for your response. I wasn’t aware that I had used “expletives,” which (I interpret as bad words) in my response–but I certainly did use some…shall we call them less-than-generous terms? Do I engage in the use of name calling when I engage the uninformed public? No, I don’t and neither do I allow myself the pointless luxury of becoming angry (at least visibly). As you pointed out this is counter-productive–it reinforces the very myths we are trying to dispel about firearms owners. In this context I did use the terms “limbic-brained, crayon chewing liberals” because I thought that I was enough among friends that I could (finally) let off a little steam after 30 years of firearms activism in which I have behaved myself, I believe, admirably. I completely agree with you that we must conduct ourselves as ladies and gentlemen when addressing these issues. If my words gave you pause to gently correct me, then I thank you for taking time out to do so. I meant no offense, certainly. At the same time, it has become difficult to behave in an exemplary fashion when others engage in mindless chanting and call us fascists. It’s hard to stick to the facts and behave when the other side is screaming obscenities and accusing one of being either openly a “Nazi” or perhaps a “Crypto-Nazi.” It would be nice if the other side in this debate would behave themselves in the same manner in which we are expected to behave. But you are right–to “win” here, we must conduct ourselves properly. But after 30 years, I’m getting a little tired. Thank you for your time, your sentiments, and your gentle correction. Sincerely, Robert

        • Matthew Maruster November 20, 2018 at 11:53 am #

          I apologize but my response about gun owners not being civil when asked questions like these was not directed toward you at all. I wish I would have made it more clear that I was grateful for your comment because it echoed what I was trying to convey in the original article. I truly appreciate your response and you taking the time to comment on the post. Your comment wasn’t filled with any expletives or anything offensive what so ever. And I completely agree that it becomes unbearable to have your moral integrity attacked simply for disagreeing on a policy issue. But honestly, I have learned to accept these people and found it helps decrease the frustration. What I actually find more frustrating are gun owners that don’t want to be part of an educated discussion and instead give the appearance that gun owners are ignorant maniacs. This plays into their hands. I see their posts all the time over social media. Again, I am truly sorry that my response seemed to be directed toward you. It was not what so ever. Thanks again 🙂

    • Craig R. March 24, 2019 at 6:13 pm #

      As a crayon chewing liberal I can’t wait to leave the state of Ct. and go where I can by and shoot a AR-15. My 1911 45 and snub nose 357 are fun but don’t have the distance I’d like to practice from. So please, be careful who you insult.

      • Jack Barker October 31, 2019 at 11:57 pm #

        @Craig R. ~ You aren’t the only Left-of-Ghengis-Khan who is also a proud (and I pray responsible) gun-owner here. Since I frequent quite a few gun-related sites daily, I’ve been called names and told I belong to some nameless cabal with the sole purpose of destroying 2A, and quite frankly, I’m exhausted by it. I’m going to take a leap here, and guess than most gun owners are conservative, but by no means are *all* gun owners conservative, and the Democrats I know and share this passion with, are 2A first, other politics second.

        • J Riding April 1, 2021 at 4:03 am #

          I’ve come to understand that true liberals value many of the same things that conservatives hold dear. It’s leftist that have no respect for and are attempting to destroy America. Unfortunately, the Democrat party has gone very far left.

  8. Robert Bruce November 20, 2018 at 12:36 pm #

    Thank you, Matthew 🙂

  9. Patrick Wagner March 24, 2019 at 4:13 pm #

    I would like to add. From the beginning of mans existence the right to defend yourself has been a given. Those with the biggest rock stays alive.

    Then again why is it anyone’s business what I own….

  10. Mike G September 11, 2019 at 10:54 am #

    Why do we need cars with 300hp? The speed limit is 65 or less….and accidents claim 161K per year.. Why do we need to buy beer in 30 packs? Drinking kills 88K per year… Why do we need supersized meals at McDonalds and large sugar snacks? Heart disease kills over 600K per year…Each of those “needs” kills more people exponentially than guns each year in America…33K gun deaths AND 19K of those were suicide… heart Disease, drunk driving, and reckless driving are Americas real threats!

    Why do I need my AR-15? Because I have a right and a duty to protect my family and my freedom… and my constitutional right allows it…besides, it is safer than speeding, drinking, and eating too much.

  11. Norm March 31, 2021 at 6:07 pm #

    The only time you may need a gun is when the government tries to take it away from you.

  12. Edward Humphreys March 31, 2021 at 7:17 pm #

    I am immediately concerned whenever someone tells another person what is an appropriate need. I could argue that nobody needs a vehicle capable of driving faster than 30mph. Certainly that limited capability would reduce traffic fatalities! Or perhaps someone could decide the nobody needs a home with more than 2500 sqft. That would save resources for other homes that could serve the homeless.

  13. Les Hetrick March 31, 2021 at 7:37 pm #

    Why does anyone need an AR15…hmmm, BLM, Antifa, Drug cartels, etc. pick one or more and there are dozens more reasons to own one. It’s call self defense.

    • John W March 31, 2021 at 8:00 pm #

      There is NO such thing as an assault weapon, assault is an action and a gun is an inanimate object that can do absolutely nothing on it’s own. And you are 100% correct as to why we NEED them.

      These damn communist in our own government is another reason

  14. DEFENDER March 31, 2021 at 9:04 pm #


    Irr-Responsible actions by PEOPLE are the cause for shootings –
    Not in-animate metal machines. ie Guns “Cant Think”. Duhhhhh

    Some Simple facts:
    Figures are approximate but close.

    1) AR’s sold to civilians are NOT “Weapons of War”.
    NO true Soldier would take a Civilian AR (ie Semi-auto AR) into Combat.

    Account for 4% of gun crime.

    3) AR’s “Assault Rifles”
    Account for less than 0.05% of total gun crime.

    4) When a Drunk Driver kills someone they don’t call for Banning Cars.
    We put the Drunk in Jail – where he belongs.

  15. Tim M March 31, 2021 at 10:36 pm #

    I don’t have the stats on this but how many people are killed by drunk drivers each year? What make of car is involved most often? Let’s just say Ford is that brand the Government should ban Fords and confiscate them paying pennies on the dollar. That makes as much sense as banning AR-15s. The Government also wants to make firearm manufactures liable for a criminal act with one of their product misused by a criminal. With that thinking all Auto manufactures would be liable for drunk driving fatalities. Just some of my thoughts, feel free to use them

  16. Anthony D'Alberto April 1, 2021 at 12:04 am #

    Thank you all for your intelligent responses. Some I have heard but some I have not. It’s always good to have fresh “ammo” to respond with when having an adult conversation.

  17. William Boltz April 1, 2021 at 6:48 am #

    Educating the masses about firearms is the best way to reduce violence with firearms I believe. It would be impressive to see television ads showing the true facts of legal gun use and its history. Then maybe people will shed their fears and perhaps take an interest in owning their own gun or guns.

  18. Robert Stone April 1, 2021 at 8:08 am #

    I do not care what kind of rifle or handgun that a person has. It does not matter how many rounds of ammo that they hold. Just like an automobile, knife, baseball bat, chain saw or anything else that can be used to kill or hurt, it is the person that uses the item that matters. The corrupt people in the government just want to take away all our weapons so that we are defenseless against them.

  19. Tom B April 1, 2021 at 8:47 am #

    Please forward a copy to President Biden. Maybe he will read it and learn something.

  20. MCLowe - The Peaceful Prognosticator April 2, 2021 at 12:28 am #

    I’ll tell you who needs an AR-15… someone like ME who likes how it makes the end of my bed a little heavier. I love the feeling of my covers pressing firmly against my feet.

    And WARMTH!!! I love how that big piece of metal retains a little bit of the heat that’s rising from under the covers on my bed. So I keep my AR-15 a little bit warmer, and it keeps ME a little bit warmer… down there on the end of my bed… know what I mean??? 😉


  21. Donald Garen April 2, 2021 at 5:25 pm #

    Eugene Stoner, the developer of the AR-15, noted in his statement during a Congressional hearing back in 1967 that the smaller 5.56 round travelling at super-sonic velicity loses stability when it enters a person’s body. This causes the round to “tumble.” This tumbling causes more damage and a larger exit wound than a larger round that maintains stability and leaves a straight, clean channel through the body. Smaller, lighter ammo, greater lethality… these added up to a superior weapon on the battlefield.

    Also, Regular Army are issed the M-16A2, which is an AR-15 with 3-round burst. Special Forces are issued the M-4 which is the AR-15 with full-auto capability.

    The Supreme Court in its 2008 DC v Heller case said that weapons covered under the 2nd Amendment include weapons in “common use.” I think it would be hard to argue that AR-15s aren’t in “common use.” They are perhaps the MOST common weapon out there. I think it’s important for the citizenry to have access to a comperable weapon used by the military. This ensures the balance between the government and the governed the Founding Fathers intended, thus preventing tyranny.

    I’m a veteran and own 2 AR-15s. I don’t plan to give them up.

  22. Scott Williamson October 4, 2021 at 6:51 pm #

    Because when it goes dark and upside down I want it

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