Why we need assault weapons

While Democrats attempt to ban "military-style assault weapons" like the AR-15, a Rochester Institute of Technology student used that very gun to thwart home invaders and save his roommate's life.

Christopher Boise heard noises in the basement of his apartment; when he went to investigate, he found two intruders. One of the men trained a gun on him. Boise screamed, which woke his roommate, Raymond, who grabbed his gun bag and took out his AR-15.

Note that there were two attackers here.
A 15-year old boy used his father's AR-15 to defend himself and his 12-year old sister against two burglars at their home just north of Houston, Texas.
Again, two attackers.
When confronted by three intruders in his home, Al Michaud invoked Colorado's Make My Day Law and opened fire.
Three attackers this time.

[UPDATE: Another case with three attackers against a single woman with children.]

[UPDATE: Five attackers.]

The AR-15 is the most popular modern sporting rifle in the United States.  It is lightweight, easy to shoot, accurate, has sufficient stopping power to defend your life, and sufficient magazine capacity for an ordinary person to defend against multiple attackers.  It fires one bullet each time you pull the trigger, just like a revolver or a semiautomatic handgun. 

Because it is a rifle, it is difficult to conceal or carry with you, making it a poor choice for criminal enterprises -- indeed, more people are killed with knives and other hand weapons than with rifles of any type.

Because it is lightweight and has limited recoil in the common 5.56mm NATO / .223 Remington cartridge, and can be fitted with an adjustable stock, it is especially well suited as a home defense rifle for women

The AR-15 is the most popular modern sporting rifle for many good reasons.  But the truth is we don't "need" them any more than we "need" the internet, or newspapers, or privacy, or cars that can travel over a hundred miles an hour.  We have a right to have them, protected by the 2nd Amendment, because they are effective self-defense weapons and self-defense is a fundamental human right.

It's not about needs and it never has been.  We don't need to justify the things we want -- the tools we use, the luxuries we enjoy -- to anyone, and especially not anyone in the government.

This entry was published Wed Jan 30 02:46:40 CST 2013 by TriggerFinger and last updated 2013-01-30 02:46:40.0. [Tweet]

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