Why Do You “Need” an AR-15 Rifle Anyway?

Opinion by Michael Stripling

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Why Do You “Need” an AR-15 Rifle Anyway?

USA – -(AmmoLand.com)- Why does anyone need an AR-15? This question came to me, for the second time in recent history, while I was teaching a concealed carry firearms course at a private range surrounded by woods in Central Florida.

To be honest, even though I had heard this question recently, I still stumbled over my answer. I hesitated slightly and half heartily blurted out something about home defense, but why was this question so hard for me to answer? I mean, the first time I was asked, I have to admit I got a little defensive, and it was my own mother who had asked me. I had fumbled my words, became quite frustrated and told her “I would go find my copy of the Constitution for her to read”.

I later realized that I owed my mother an apology, she had genuinely meant no harm, she was merely ignorant of the subject, and asked in curiosity. It was myself I should have been upset with because, in times like these where our guns and rights are always under attack, I just was not prepared with an intelligent response.

You see, I'm a “gun guy.” I'm a proud NRA member, a firearms instructor, a chief range safety officer, and a veteran. I'm registered to vote Republican, and I have been collecting guns since I was a kid. So how is such a little, simple question presenting me with so much frustration? Well after some careful thought, I realized what the problem was. It was the question; it was not so little or straightforward after all. The question itself is misleading, often unbeknown to the asker.

Why do I have to find a reason to justify my need for it?

The truth is my need doesn’t matter. It might be property defense, it might be hunting or competition, but it doesn’t matter. I don’t NEED to NEED it. I have the RIGHT to WANT it. Why does the average American household need 3 TV's? Why does my wife need 15 pairs of boots? Why do people need to put rims on their vehicles, or what is the need for a microwave oven? Wouldn't the cars still drive with factory tires? Don’t most kitchens have conventional ovens? So why does anyone need any of these things? The answer to all of these questions is the same! It's because I WANT them and it's my RIGHT as an American!

You see, we have this thing called a Constitution, the American Heritage Dictionary defines Constitution as “The system of fundamental laws and principles that prescribes the nature, functions, and limits of a government or another institution. The supreme law of the United States, consisting of the document ratified by the original 13 states and Amendments.”

The question in itself leaves the tart taste of communism in one's mouth. The fact is, the Second Amendment protects us, the law-abiding American citizen, and it protects the other Amendments of the Constitution, and it is now under blatant attack.

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The left tells us they just want to ban the “dangerous assault rifles,” high capacity magazines, and bump stocks, but that is just the beginning. They only say this to win over those, who wander on the middle ground. What comes next are “permanent protective orders” like the House Bill 2060 that’s making its way to the Pennsylvania state Senate right now. Which would require certain individuals to relinquish all firearms and ammunition within 24 hours. You can be sure it won't stop there, if the Liberals get their dirty claws in the American people, they will undoubtedly pull us in for the kill, sinking their infecting teeth in the whole Constitution, shredding and destroying all of our freedoms and liberties.

This is it folks, this is a Civil War and we must fight, not yet with violence, but with our voices and our votes. We must resist in any way possible before it's too late. I urge you to call, or write your Senators, remind your friends to register and to vote. Let the snowflake Liberals know that, “we will not stand for our freedoms to be stripped away.” The time is now upon us, our Constitution was written to protect the people of this great nation, and it is under attack. “We the People” must return the favor and protect the Constitution.

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Dave in Fairfax
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Dave in Fairfax
1 year ago

Looking over the comments here, I have to assume that the anti-gun people have found Ammoland and decided to troll it. The display of ignorance of both history and weaponry is impressive.

Thomas M Michigan Ready
Thomas M Michigan Ready
1 year ago

Just be a good person and nobody will mess with ya if they do you will be ready like we all are.think that’s all we need to know.

Hawkwrench
Hawkwrench
1 year ago

GJ must be a stupid Democrat!!!

John A Bird
John A Bird
1 year ago

I own an AR-15 because it’s my right and when the time comes I will defend that right until death due us part.

Timdickey
Timdickey
1 year ago

As a US citizen is my heritage fortified by my great-great-great-grandfather John Adams who helped write the Declaration and fortitude’s me the Second Amendment to bear arms and it clearly states “From a tyrannical government”that means to protect myself from our leaders as well as a invading one ” so come take it bitches”

GJ
GJ
1 year ago

This article randomly appeared on my Google news feed. I came here looking for reasonable arguments, dispel some stereotypes. Nope, the mentality is as simplistic as portrayed everywhere. As a Christian myself, allow me to be blasphemous towards your “God-given” Second Amendment, itself a man-made change to man-made law, envisioned in a time when America was wild and lawless, and whose authors just couldn’t have foreseen the proliferation of manportable firearms which would’ve made even Richard Jordan Gatling blush. Its vagueness is shared by similar contemporary provisions which originally implicitly permitted things like owning slaves. This ardent defense of the… Read more »

Classifed
Classifed
1 year ago
Reply to  GJ

The difference between a slave and a gun is that one is living, one has had its rights stripped away. By taking our guns though, you have stripped our right away. Now, I’m not saying that we are the same as the slaves, no. I would hate to go through anything like that. But it is a similar scenario. The reason we own guns is not JUST for self defense, it is to keep the government in check if it gets out of hand. It’s also “funny” that the left was trying to keep slaves in the south, introduced Jim… Read more »

Kit
Kit
1 year ago
Reply to  GJ

My thoughts exactly; we are interpreting a 200 year man made document that we have to interpret for present day application. Thanks for the thoughtful response

John
John
1 year ago
Reply to  GJ

Well sir I wholeheartedly disagree. While I don’t think the author makes a strong case, the case couldn’t be clearer and I’ll simplify it for you. If you don’t want to own a gun, multiple guns, an arsenal, then dont. Thats your right. The same as if you don’t want to own a Mercedes Benz or a red necktie or a guitar. However, where the leftist Dems and per your writing, yourself as well, get it wrong constantly is that because you all don’t like guns or are afraid of them or whatever, you feel it is perfectly acceptable to… Read more »

GJ
GJ
1 year ago
Reply to  John

No, there’s no need for simplification. I know what you’re saying. I don’t want a gun, so I don’t get one and that’s it. But the legal permission and lax procedures to get weapons of this kind, so that you can have fun in a shooting range (because you can be damn sure you don’t need a semi-automatic rifle for home defense since you don’t live in Syria), has enabled sick and mentally deranged individuals to procure them and carry out what we’re all well aware of. So your superfluous right to have fun enables others to hose down students… Read more »

JoeUSooner
JoeUSooner
1 year ago
Reply to  GJ

“… lax procedures to get weapons…”??? What country do you live in? Here in the US, with over 23,000 firearms-related laws currently on the books (enforceable), American firearms is now the (not “one of the,” but THE) single most heavily-regulated industry in the entire world!! It is already illegal (there is already, supposedly enforceable, ink-on-paper law in existence) for “mentally deranged individuals” to own firearms. Do you propose to pass another identical piece of legislation? Do you think that duplicate laws will convince criminals that such ownership is (not just illegal, but) really, REALLY illegal? My rights do not in… Read more »

william c deangelo
william c deangelo
1 year ago
Reply to  GJ

95% of all mass shootings could have been prevented if we got the ones who want to take our arms to sign a ceasefire.

js
js
1 year ago
Reply to  GJ

Well you DO have a god given right to be an idiot and you are demonstrating it nicely. So you get to decide that semi-automatic firearms are weapons of war? You are the reason why our founding fathers wanted the population to stay armed, to be able to overthrow tyranny and tyrants.
Instead of blaming the worlds evils on stupid firearms or their owners, how about understanding what is happening to people that kill innocents and then commit suicide.

AG
AG
1 year ago
Reply to  GJ

Weapons of war? You are already wrong. Semi-autos are not weapons of war. Weapons of war are assault weapons and despite what the media wants to portray, assault weapons have the capability of full automatic fire. Nearly every single firearm in the world is a semi-auto (not full auto), from pistols (including revolvers) to rifles and shotguns. Paranoia? They aren’t coming for our guns? Ok what exactly did Obama and Hillary say on camera? They may have said we aren’t coming for your guns but then said that what the UK and Australians did is what they wish to do.… Read more »

Justin Kline
Justin Kline
1 year ago
Reply to  GJ

You are an idiot. “Semi – automatic weapons” are not the subject of the right to bear arms, they are just a type of arms. In 1776 the most common “arms” were blackpowder muskets that shot lead balls which we now know to kill you slowly by poison and cause birth defects when pregnant women are exposed. Does that not sound worse than what a semi-automatic weapon does (load the next brass bullet into chamber, in case you thought it meant discharge rounds violently out of control). In 1776, someone that would dare do something as stupid as shoot a… Read more »

sound awake
sound awake
1 year ago
Reply to  GJ

so youre not a Christian then youre just another Godless leftist trolling right wing gun websites in the hopes of wooing who you consider to be the hopelessly ignorant into your failed tyrannical ideology were not nearly as stupid and ignorant as you think we are the dead giveaway was the phony “as a Christian myself” qualifier combined with the typical elitist arrogant mindset weve seen your type before youre not welcome here the reason we need an ar-15 is for when people like you come to take our ar-15s plain and simple youre stoking the flames of another revolution… Read more »

GJ
GJ
1 year ago
Reply to  sound awake

I can more easily tell that you didn’t receive a good education than you whether I’m a Christian.

I always love the amount of desperate labeling and stereotyping to put people like me in a tidy little demonized box. The assumption than I’m left-leaning, that I’m not Christian, that I’m pro-abortion, that I’m Democrat.

I just love it.

Robert Thomas
Robert Thomas
1 year ago
Reply to  GJ

I won’t even bother to argue with you. I simply don’t give a shit what you think. 80% receivers, ghostgunner mini CNC machines, and pretty much anyone with any mechanical aptitude nullifies what you want. And that’s not even considering the 30+million semiautomatics already in circulation, and the promise of 3d printing that is just over the horizon. CT and NY have had a 5% compliance with their new bans, my those States own admission. CA is likely the same but won’t admit it. The vast majority of owners have essentially flipped the States, and people that think like you… Read more »

Gene
Gene
1 year ago
Reply to  GJ

Nope, the second amendment does not “GIVE” the right to arms, it merely enumerates a natural right all free people of the United States posses.
Much the way Einstein and Newton didn’t give us the laws of physics, they just defined what they were.
The constitution doesn’t give us rights, it just defines the natural rights of all free American people.

David Dather
David Dather
1 year ago
Reply to  GJ

CJ, The idea that a semi automatic rifle is a weapon of war is a liberal idea, so I can already see were you are leaning. The military uses a fully functioning automatic rifle, which can be used in 3 shot burst,or full auto. That’s a weapon of war. But let’s follow your path if I don’t need a semi auto rifle, then why do police all over the country have armoured vehicles, a weapon of war and automatic weapons in there arsenals, again weapons of war. Why does a government want to know what I have, but only for… Read more »

MrBenson
MrBenson
1 year ago
Reply to  GJ

Alright GJ, time to dissect this a little. First, the right to protect one’s life is God-given, and how we are able to do so against any threat in this country is the 2nd Amendment. That’s the God-given part, not the amendment itself or the constitution. Secondly, if you mean to tell me that the founding fathers were entirely unaware of the progression of military weaponry, despite having seen it in their own time and throughout history, then your assumption of their ignorance is profound and arrogant on your part. Additionally, even had they not foreseen the specific development of… Read more »

Jake Weigel
Jake Weigel
1 year ago
Reply to  GJ

This is where your arguement is invalid, you come here for a differing opinion, which you get and promptly shit on. “Why do I have to find a reason to justify my need for it?” Right there is the best point of the article to people like you who don’t have an open mind on anything you do not already believe, the term is confirmation bias and your reply is full of it. Quick question, have you ever purchased a gun in your life? I’ve bought 7 guns in mine and had 7 background checks ran on me, I would… Read more »

Jake Weigel
Jake Weigel
1 year ago
Reply to  GJ

“Why do I have to find a reason to justify my need for it?” “It seems that this God given right to bear military grade arms (often without any kind of meaningful validation nor registration process)” That statement screams confirmation bias and if you had come here with an open mind, wouldn’t be making this point as “common sense” gun laws already exist. I have to question, have you ever purchased a firearm in your life, and if so did you just grab the gun off the shelf and walk out the door? I have personally purchased 7, one from… Read more »

Jake Weigel
Jake Weigel
1 year ago
Reply to  GJ

“Why do I have to find a reason to justify my need for it?” “It seems that this God given right to bear military grade arms (often without any kind of meaningful validation nor registration process)” That statement screams confirmation bias and if you had come here with an open mind, wouldn’t be making this point as “common sense” gun laws already exist. I have to question, have you ever purchased a firearm in your life, and if so did you just grab the gun off the shelf and walk out the door? I have personally purchased 7, one from… Read more »

Jim Macklin
Jim Macklin
1 year ago

Why do the people need an AR 15 or an M1 Garand or M1A. The answer is not self-defense, varmint control or even defending your dwelling. The answer is more profound which is why government schools only teach parts of history and don’t link events to causes. December 16, 1773 the tax protest known as the Boston Tea Party happened. The British Army occupied Boston and on April 19, 1775 the British marched on Concord and Lexington to confiscate arms, such as gun powder, lead, flints, and muskets in storage. The independent, unchartered and not government approved militia they called… Read more »

Jan
Jan
1 year ago
Reply to  Jim Macklin

That… that is the best reason I have heard yet! History always has a way of repeating itself.

Classified
Classified
1 year ago
Reply to  Jim Macklin

I almost cried reading this, well done

IndyDMan
IndyDMan
1 year ago
Reply to  Jim Macklin

And we citizens, when called by whom?, shall gather in barns or garages around the country with our ARs, banana clips and bump stocks, carrying our bug out bags, dressed in all the latest camo and Kevlar to do what? Stand up to defend our guns? And the government, any government, all governments, will either gather a superior force at a distance and let you work yourselves into a frenzy until it’s time to go to work, refill your meds or you tire of eating MREs and go home. Or, or they decide you are a threat to the peace… Read more »

Q. Harris
Q. Harris
1 year ago

This is funny. Everyone likes to throw labels around like liberal and conservative. I’m a registered Democrat. I own guns. The gun shop owner where I buy my guns said Obama was the best thing for business and he never talked about taking anyone’s guns away. Either way, we do need better background checks, every state should go to constitutional carry and I hate to tell you, but the party of small government is the same party that writes laws that get all up in your business!!! And until we middle class and poor folks realize we need to band… Read more »

Heed the Call-up
Heed the Call-up
1 year ago
Reply to  Q. Harris

GJ, amusing that you claim the arguments for our rights are unreasonable. You need to read you2post, easily it is far less reasonable than any argument for our rights that you claim is u reasonable. True, the 2A is not “given” to us by God(s), however, which rights that you are allowed to have in this country, the USA, that are protected by our constitution, are you willing to give up if someone decides that you no longer are “allowed” to have it? Our country is what it is today because of the rights enshrined and protected by our constitution.… Read more »

John W Bletsch
John W Bletsch
1 year ago

I’ve read some excellent posts here and some absolute tripe written by the feel goods of nannyville. The government is not our keeper as so many want us to believe. The Constitution was written not to control people, no it was written to control and limit the scope of government over the people. Constitutional rights were written to enumerate our God given natural rights. The First Amendment was written to enumerate obvious rights of freedom OF speech, public gathering to present grievances against government, and freedom OF religion. The Second Amendment was written to enumerate our natural right to self… Read more »

Rahsuol Ali
Rahsuol Ali
1 year ago

The AR- 15 is the safest gun in the world! GUNS in the store and in the hands of RESPONSIBLE CITIZENS never Kill anyone. Thereforet the gun isn’t the problem the person holding the gun is. A person in my State was intoxicated by huffing a substance. He drove into a girl scout troop as they were cleaning on the side of the road and killed some of them. In these cases we never say ban the vehicle.

Dell +
Dell +
1 year ago

ARs are semiauto 223 varmit rifles.. whats the big deal ? a MIA is a 308 semiauto hipower rifle with a hicapac11bity magazine..why arent the democraps and commies trying to ban them.. in comparison it makes a AR seem like a rabbit gun.. take the ARs away..the M1As will follow.

Tyler
Tyler
1 year ago

Hi folks, I’d like to have some sort of dialogue, because by the time I was a few paragraphs into this article, I had the distinctly putrid taste of frenzied sectarianism and– to be honest, self deception– in my mouth. Some background; I’m 28 years old and native to a suburban Southern California town surrounded by strawberry fields and populated by retirees, including many veterans. Last I checked it was one of the more conservative areas in CA. I grew up alongside many military families/Seabees, blue collar/working class white families and lots of Mexican (American) kids too. Despite being a… Read more »

Why Do You Need To Know?
Why Do You Need To Know?
1 year ago

A great response would be, “Why do you need to question me? Freedom of speech?”

Myron Smith
Myron Smith
1 year ago

God-given means “natural” rather than a spiritual blessing. It is a derivitive of the survival instinct of every living creature, including humans. It is necessary for governments to infringe on the instincts of some for the benefit of others. It is not beneficial to all for any government to infringe on any person’s natural instinct to survive whatever that individual perceived as a threat to his own survival. History proves that there are some in every now-extinct civilation who were not fully prepared to defend themselves. The colonials in this country had Torries and pacificists who did not “need” to… Read more »

Ed
Ed
1 year ago

Jesus, so many anti gun trolls on here spouting their ignorant “let us strip your rights because the government we claim to not be able to trust should have total sovereignty over you, the citizen”. Go ahead and pretend that you want to ban the AR while clearly knowing nothing about the political climate of the hard left, it won’t be their last stepping stone in demonizing those who exercise their rights. Luckily, the only people stupid or gullible enough to actually believe all this BS about how “ar-15s are terrible, evil, scary weapons designed for maximum lethality” are the… Read more »

SeriouslyThisNeedsToStop
SeriouslyThisNeedsToStop
1 year ago

Can you make your arguments without playing the “us vs them” game, and calling for civil was? FFS, what is going on in this country.

And if you’re about to reply to this comment with “well they did it first”, then just stop. You’re not helping by stooping to their level.

Greg Hutmacher
Greg Hutmacher
1 year ago

To be honest, I’ve often thought of replying to this type of thread, yet never justified my response. Let’s clarify one issue. Gun control isn’t. And never will be. Those that need to be controlled by it do not care about it. And will find means to circumvent it. Therefore, gun control is fundamentally flawed and should be considered a highly ineffective tool in the arsenal of tools to enact change to increase safety. Guns are a tool. They are far more often used as intended than they are used to injure and kill innocents. There are hundreds around the… Read more »

Pokey
Pokey
1 year ago

Hey, moron, you must resemble Joe Biden, he has no clue about numbers, either. There have never, for all time, been a trillion people on this planet, never mind in that stinking cesspool on our east coast. You lefties sure are an ignorant bunch.

Pokey
Pokey
1 year ago

What an ass you are mr.biden. there have never, since the beginning of time, even been a trillion people in the entire world, neverless in that stinkhole city on the East coast.

joefoam
joefoam
1 year ago

So why do people need an auto that can go double the speed limit, a TV that is measured in feet rather than inches, a home with more square footage than 3 of our previous generations homes? The communists tell you what you need and that’s all you get. Be prepared folks, it’s coming.

MacofJack
MacofJack
1 year ago

A better answer would be – ‘Why do you need a car, a house, a TV, stereo, or anything else. The only thing you HAVE to have is food, water and air. After that everything else is a want.’

Michael
Michael
1 year ago
Reply to  MacofJack

House is a need not a wont. U need shelter

M waters
M waters
1 year ago

When the constitution was written a man could own a weapon that was as powerful and some much more accurate than what the military used . Men were able to take their rifles and defend their homes and yes some men fought the enemy with their own rifle. Remember battle of King’s mountain ?.. and yes I realize the AR -15 isn’t a fully automatic assault rifle that the military uses. It won’t stop tanks or jets or even those pesky Apache helicopters.. the AR 15 does however allow the American citizen some measure of defense against tyranny which I… Read more »

Jocko McNeal
Jocko McNeal
1 year ago

“…well REGULATED…” Seems like that one word is what anti 2A folks get balled up about. In the time it was written regulated meant armed and ready. Militia is you, me, neighbors and friends. The govt is also those same people, our friends and family included in many cases. I don’t think my nephews will be rolling an Abrams up the street in this lifetime. Until we develop real Terminators I’d guess We The People will be defended for several generations, by ourselves naturally.

CJC
CJC
1 year ago

I used the M16 when I was in the military. It protected my life. Now I use the AR 15 to protect my life. Simple. It works. Don’t tell me a handgun will stop an armed gang. It doesn’t have enough accuracy or firepower to take them all out. Why do you think police use AR rifles when the situations get worse.

Charles
Charles
1 year ago

Why? New Orleans, “Katrina”.
Black Swan event that will never happen.
Bet you wanted one for about 3-4 days if you lived around the Super Dome.

Sauls
Sauls
1 year ago

Actually you are permitted to own those items. There are plenty of private citizens who do. To buy one, you simply purchase a decommissioned model and restore to operating ability. The reason they are decommissioned is because the military is not permitted to sell them fully functional. Some items do require special permit however they are still available

Danangme
Danangme
1 year ago

Why? Because I was too chicken shit to carry one in Vietnam or because my father was just another chicken hawk draft dodger like the Russian shill in the whitehouse and I want to follow his example,that’s why.

Mike
Mike
1 year ago

We NEED them for the same reason the second amendment was put in the constitution. Because WE the people may have to defend ourselves from a tyrannical government….ours or from some other country. With that thought in mind, we should be able to own whatever the military uses… It would be difficult to repel an army armed with AR, AK, FALs etc…with bolt action rifles, or no rifles.

Rigby
Rigby
1 year ago

I have never spoke up, And put In my 2 cents on these post, Or matters. But I just can’t handle it any more. To the people that are really so ignorant and simple minded. Why is it that you can not understand the simple fact that the AR15 does not do any of the killings. As a matter of fact it is probably one of the worst calibers to use for “killing as many people as you possibly can as fast as you can”. I mean come on if you new anything at all about guns and understood them… Read more »

Jack
Jack
1 year ago

If someone asked me that question, I would say “because I can, that’s why I have two.”

Ron C
Ron C
1 year ago

Simple , We the people need comparable firearms the government / police have.
Not Automatic or Grenades etc…
Just Enough to Not give up our way of life
Like so many countries have. Just Enough to have the Government think twice about trying to do things illegal to the Great Citizens of The Best Country in The World … USA

Andrew B
Andrew B
1 year ago

More People die from overdose than by Firearm every yr. More people die from Handguns than Rifles every year. Why are we still having to defend our right to an AR15? Government is so out of touch with the “real” America.

Van Kennedy III
Van Kennedy III
1 year ago

While I can certainly appreciate a well stated argument, even if statistically irrelevant, I felt compelled to point out the empirical. Disregarding heart and lung disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s, and the myriad other chronic health issues that are the primary killers of Americans. The first three alone represent over fifty percent of American deaths by the way. For the sake of argument, lets look only at less “natural” causes. In this top five in descending order are; suicide, car crashes, poisoning, falls, and then homicide. In 2017, firearm termination of life breaks down as such; handguns 7032, unspecified firearm 3096, cutting… Read more »

The Motionless Warrior
The Motionless Warrior
1 year ago

My reasons for “needing” a AR-15:
1. To defend myself against a tyrannical government.
2. To protect the ones I love.
3. To protect myself from the “white nationalists” who like to terrorize anyone who’s not them.
4. Until racism and discrimination is PERMANENTLY erased from the United States.
5. To defend the Constitution and the United States of American against ALL enemies foreign and domestic!

Delasci
Delasci
1 year ago

I enjoyed reading the very interesting comments, from both sides, regarding the AR platform. If nothing else, the conversation , as complex as the subject matter is, makes the price we pay worth our freedoms! With an armed body politic, I can’t imagine an enemy, either foreign or domestic, making a move against the American people. Let’s remember the human carnage resulting from our American Civil War, and not let that happen again! Our arms are a deterrent and an extremely useful tool.

Alek k.
Alek k.
1 year ago

When We used the M-16 rifle in Vietnam, we felt the .223 was a pea shooter compared to the M-14 in 7.62 that we trained with in boot camp. With the M-16, we sprayed plenty of bullets to keep Charlie down, but many were drugged so bad they kept firing back with 30 calibers. The M-16 was a marginal weapon, light weight and designed for jungle combat but also allowed for carrying more bullets. I never expected it to become America’s favorite rifle, but It did as an AR-15 semi-auto. It has become a popular target rifle and is good… Read more »

Travis
Travis
1 year ago

Why would you ever need a car that can go over 75mph? There is no “legitimate need”; because I want it.

Tim
Tim
1 year ago

It’s NEVER been about public safety or the children. Since Patrick Purdy shot up a schoolyard of children in Stockton, CA in 1989, the left has sought to disarm the American citizenry of military-styled firearms. This is a dog and pony show, the REAL agenda is to wrest power from We, the People and give the power-hungry traitors their true desire…CONTROL; control over American citizen and their INDIVIDUAL liberty. Nobody needs 195 MPH Corvettes, but as Americans, we desire items that aren’t exactly necessary, but as long as their acquired and used legally, it is no one’s business, especially the… Read more »

Nate
Nate
1 year ago

We have these guns cause the 2nd Amendment says we can. We need these guns Incase the government decides to start taking away our rights. If the government starts to become tyrannical we can bring order back to the government. Almost every communist or socialist country such as Hitler the first thing he did was disarm the people. When the people fear the government, we have tyranny. When the government fears the people, we have freedom.

Richard
Richard
1 year ago

I wish everyone would remember history. The Japanese knew that invading America would be a losing proposition because of a rifle behind every blade of grass. Without the ability to protect our shores we are opening the door to be invaded from many different directions. The real bad entities are drooling all over themselves waiting for the right time to try and subjugate or eliminate America. Some will survive, most will be victims, please protect those who cannot defend themselves. As a range master, veteran, father and husband I will do what I must, with what I have,where I am.… Read more »

Tom
Tom
1 year ago

People, It is irrelevant. The “AR” or any other assault rifle is not and never has been the problem! Period! The problem is that some people are crazy and want to hurt other people. Whatever they choose as a weapon, it can create mass casualties with enough practice and will. How about a stolen semi truck? A skilled driver could take out hundreds before they were stopped. Or a stolen aircraft! Thousands! My point is that the object is not evil, the violent person is. I am a veteran and a patriot. I am very well armed for several reasons.… Read more »

Kimber 45
Kimber 45
1 year ago

People kill people, whether it be with a gun, a knife, a baseball bat, a spoon, fork, and cars. Where does it end? If someone breaks into your house and threatens you and your family; are you just going to yell, stop!, Don’t kill us as they rape and murder your family with any of the items mentioned previously. Maybe you could call the police, that you don’t even want to have tazers, that way when they get to you; they can take fresh crime scene photos of you and your family. No one is outside the realm of crime… Read more »

Yallrdumb
Yallrdumb
1 year ago

Most weapons are designed for killing people, only. Which can be accomplished with almost any gun. But to defend you family against a tyrannical opressive government you might a rifle that holds alot of bullets and has some power behind them. Hence the need for AR-15

Nate
Nate
1 year ago

I own firearms for the same reason I have fire extinguishers and trauma/first aid kits. You may not have time to wait for emergency services and it’s best to be prepared. And just like my fire extinguishers I hope to never have to use them but they are available if need be.

MAC
MAC
1 year ago

Just look at most of the American public these people just want to left alone. So does most of the real American people .When we have half of the reality of the real problem and turn a blind eye these are the results. We all deserve the right to own any weapon any vehicle any amount of money but in our pursuit of happiness we have lost the values of humankind we are all selfish this is why these things are happening nobody cares. That is why so few or making the decisions for so many. We got to rise… Read more »

Brad Walkenhorst
Brad Walkenhorst
1 year ago

Jim,
You need to check your stats. New York 1 trillion, please. Topical liberal move to throw out big numbers with no facts.

Tim
Tim
1 year ago

Kinda like every day when tRump is talking.

Brad Walkenhorst
Brad Walkenhorst
1 year ago

Hey Robert Thomas,
Didn’t need a 6.5 creedmoor sniper rifle, but I built one. And then I went hunting with it and harvested an axis deer from 185 yards away. Delicious. Then I went to the range and had some more fun with pistols, shotguns, and other rifles as well. Why you may ask, because it’s my right to. God forbid that I ever have to use any of them to defend my family or anyone else, but I would do it in a heartbeat including you and your family. God bless.

Mark
Mark
1 year ago

Some of the posts here are just incredibly stupid, and funny. Some people, democrats I imagine, have absolutely no understanding or knowledge of rights, freedom or the real dangers of totalitarian rule. They believe if the communist left has complete control the U.S. will be some kind of wonderful, benevolent utopia and there will be no more crime. The government will take care of all our needs and we will tiptoe through the tulips and sing happy songs all day long. Communism has never worked for anyone except those in power. That has been proven time and time again. To… Read more »

James Rumann
James Rumann
1 year ago

The round out of an AR15 will more or less act the same coming out of mini 14, or any bolt rifle chambered in .223 or 5.56. For the graves are ready for mind to be blown, even more power full rifle are available the same day in most states. The Ar10 which is chambered in 308 or 7.62 NATO. Functions exactly the same as an ar15 but even in states like maryland it is background check, and 30 minutes later you walk out the store with it. It is considered a hunting rifle and to the untrained eye it… Read more »

Matt
Matt
1 year ago

Funny how the gun banners all assume that the military would march against citizens and that they of all groups of people would be minions to enact a gun ban. Good luck with that! Law enforcement and military are some of the strongest supporters of gun ownership including ar15s. Also on that note, it is completely unconstitutional for US troops to be used against US citizens. I get the strong feeling that the gun banning groups aren’t really interested in following the laws though! Yup, sorry commentors! It is very much the truth, Rosa Park rode in the front of… Read more »