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Episode 34: Answers to 6 Myths Surrounding “Assault Rifles”



With the recent terrorist attacks in San Bernandino, Orlando and even Dallas, there is much attention being given to so-called “assault rifles.” Is all this talk warranted? Just what are assault rifles and weapons anyway? What is the definition of “assault weapon?” Does it make sense to issue new gun control edicts restricting the purchase and possession of these or similar firearms? Will it stop another Orlando from occurring?

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  • #1 – AR in AR-15 stands for “Assault Rifle”
    • Armalite Rifle
  • #2 – AR-15s are assault weapons – “a rapid-fire, magazine-fed automatic rifle designed for infantry use”
    • “Machine guns?”
  • AR-15s are military grade weapons – “instruments of war”
    • When the 2nd Amendment was written all guns were considered “instruments of war”
  • #3 – Regulating AR-15s would reduce mass shootings
  • #4 – If banning AR15’s saved one life than it would be worth it.
    • Death rates compared
  • #5 – The myth of high-capacity magazines
  • #6 – AR-15s aren’t good for self defense 

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5 Responses to Episode 34: Answers to 6 Myths Surrounding “Assault Rifles”

  1. Bryce Butler July 14, 2016 at 4:02 pm #

    Great Episode! This is my favorite podcast. I started listening a month ago and have now listened to all the podcast! I drive 2 hours everyday for work, and y’all make my drive a whole lot more enjoyable! Thank you, keep up the good work!!

    • Riley Bowman July 14, 2016 at 4:46 pm #

      Thank you so much for being a loyal listener, Bryce! You have no idea how much that pumps me up to hear your enthusiasm for the podcast!!

    • Riley Bowman August 2, 2016 at 3:13 pm #

      Bryce, thanks so much!!!

  2. Don July 21, 2016 at 1:28 pm #

    Don Laessig Hmmm assault rifle… about an old flintlock that helped secure our freedom back in the beginning?…..or old Betsy that Davy Crockett had at the Alamo?…..Did anyone then think those rifles were assault rifles?….probly not, since they were not finished in black. …I know, “Black Guns Matter”!!….we need new bumper stickers with that saying!!….(joke) in case any liberals are reading this and can’t see the humor intended….

  3. Garry Simmons August 2, 2016 at 11:16 am #

    I had read that AR 15 dedugnsted Armalite Rifle-15″ barrel, sren’ true military Assault rifles capable of fully automatic, “machine gun” firing?

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