Killing machine, the AR-15? I think not.

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?

  • AR-15-platform rifles are among the most popular firearms being sold. They are today’s modern sporting rifle.
  • The AR in “AR-15″ rifle stands for Armalite rifle, after the company that developed it in the 1950s. “AR” does NOT stand for “assault rifle” or “automatic rifle.
  • AR-15-style rifles are NOT “assault weapons” or “assault rifles.” An assault rifle is fully automatic — a machine gun. Automatic firearms have been severely restricted from civilian ownership since 1934.
  • If someone calls an AR-15-style rifle an “assault weapon,” he or she either supports banning these firearms or does not understand their function and sporting use, or both. Please correct them. “Assault weapon” is a political term created by California anti-gun legislators to ban some semi-automatic rifles there in the 1980s.
  • AR-15-style rifles look like military rifles, such as the M-16, but function like other semi-automatic civilian sporting firearms, firing only one round with each pull of the trigger.
  • Versions of modern sporting rifles are legal to own in all 50 states, provided the purchaser passes the mandatory FBI background check required for all retail firearm purchasers.
  • Since the 19th century, civilian sporting rifles have evolved from their military predecessors. The modern sporting rifle simply follows that tradition.
  • These rifles’ accuracy, reliability, ruggedness and versatility serve target shooters and hunters well. They are true all-weather firearms.
  • Chamberings include .22, .223 (5.56 x 45mm), 6.8 SPC, .308, .450 Bushmaster and about a dozen others. Upper receivers for pistol calibers such as 9 mm, .40, and .45 are available. There are even .410 shotgun versions.
  • These rifles are used for many different types of hunting, from varmint to big game. And they’re used for target shooting in the national matches.
  • AR-15-style rifles are no more powerful than other hunting rifles of the same caliber and in most cases are chambered in calibers less powerful than common big-game hunting cartridges like the 30-06 Springfield and .300 Win. Mag.
  • The AR-15 platform is modular. Owners like being able to affix different “uppers” (the barrel and chamber) to the “lower” (the grip, stock).
  • And, they are a lot of fun to shoot!

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”

  • Hand gun: Easier to conceal and has a magazine capacity of 30+ rounds
  • Shotgun: With a drum it can carry over 50 rounds and up to 100 rounds. Overall damage is more severe than any “assault rifle”
  • Hunting Rifle: More powerful than “assault rifle” and the ability to hit a target ¾+ miles away

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!

Reality of guns and deaths

Death totals are based on 2009 statistics:

Smoking: 443,000

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

Suicide 30,622

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 YEARhttp://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.