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.
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.
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.