Let’s be real here the AR-15 is an awesome gun. A great military gun for combat and durability; but let’s look at the current push to ban “assault rifles” and aura behind it. Is it really the killing machine that they make it out to be?
If one was to truly want to do damage and cause massive casualties there are many better options than the dreaded AR-15 “assault rifle”
The ban is based on fear and nothing more. Anyone truly educated knows that any weapon is dangerous in the wrong hands. Statistics prove any state with right to carry laws have a lower gun crime rate than those without. In fact since 1930 there has not been one crime linked to any NFA registered weapon; that is those citizens that willingly register a rifle, handgun, suppressor, machine gun etc. and are using them legitimately for hunting, target shooting, tournaments or self-defense.
Side note, if guns do not deter violence why is there a massive build-up of armaments from countries around the globe? Why do we have enough nuclear warheads to wipe out civilization 100x over? Truth be told, weapons deter violence whether is globally on a national level or your home front and the individual.
Let’s put the focus where it belongs, on the criminal and not on the weapon!
“America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.”
– Abraham Lincoln
Death totals are based on 2009 statistics:
Poor Diet and Lack of Physical Activity: 365,000
Alcohol Related: 85,808
Microbial Agents 75,000
Toxic Agents 55,000
Motor Vehicle Crashes 26,347
Adverse Reactions to Prescription Drugs 32,000
Sexual Behavior: 20,000+
All Illicit Drug Use, Direct and Indirect 17,000
Gun Related: 12,632 Homicides (Inclusive of suicide 29,586 total)
Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs Such As Aspirin 7,600
Cannabis Related: 0
The tax burden from smoking $150 billion a YEAR: http://ijahsp.nova.edu/articles/Vol2num1/pdf/parish.pdf
The tax burden from poor diet and lack of physical activity: $147 billion a YEAR: http://www.cdc.gov/obesity/adult/causes/index.html
The tax burden from the “war on drugs” after 40 years has cost $1 trillion ($25 billion a year avg). Just incarceration alone cost the United States $450 billion dollars in the same time period: http://www.foxnews.com/world/2010/05/13/ap-impact-years-trillion-war-drugs-failed-meet-goals/#ixzz2GSjDmTUw
Although guns cause an unnecessary 12K+ deaths the top two causes of death (over 800,ooo) are easily preventable and cost the tax payers over $195 BILLION a year in medical cost. The most costly of them, which causes just over 17,000 deaths a year, is the famous “war on drugs” which is miserably failing.
All the while the government will go after our second amendment rights and the ability for a US citizen to possess a firearm, yet it wont interfere with the tobacco industry, fast food industry and spent $1 trillion on the war on drugs.
“Any man who thinks he can be happy and prosperous by letting the Government take care of him better take a closer look at the American Indian!”