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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Tim

There is a oath that you take with any government job.
It has a part in the oath that reads.
“I promise to defend and protect the constitution of the UNITED STATES of AMERICA! from (ALL ) enemies foreign and domestic. ”
am I wrong anybody? I know in the military when you join, that’s the first thing you do. So all those political people are traders when they don’t honor the oath they take to be in office.
Just my thought.
And a hey there to all my veteran brothers!

Juan
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Juan

Sexual in morality is the root of all of the mental illnesses that cause school shooters and thus liberals wanting to control guns. Let me explain why. If people sleep around without protection women women will probably get pregnant. If they don’t abort, they will have a child. If the guy does not wish to be a father, the woman will be a single mother. Children without father figures are much more likely to commit crimes and be mentally ill than children with (http://www.mnpsych.org/index.php?option=com_dailyplanetblog&view=entry&category=industry%20news&id=54:father-absent-homes-implications-for-criminal-justice-and-mental-health-professionals) Only mentally I’ll people will shoot up a school. School shootings are the main reason why… Read more »

BobH
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BobH
RicksterAR
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RicksterAR

A gun is a tool , an AR-15 is one of the best home defense tool’s we are able to own. It is our constitutional right to protect ourselves , and our loved ones. The Right to keep and bear arms , is not hard to understand. The left and Lib’s want to shred our constitution , bit by bit , piece by piece , I say nay , they shall not infringe on my rights.

Ken
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Ken

Why you need a ar 15 or any gun in that matter? Simple for the educated its because it ensure the people to keep there freedoms. Freedom of speech and all the amendments from the government to change it. and it gives the power to the people have an better fighting chance to keep our rights and to regulate the government cause musket wont do it. But if you like having a dictatorship and keep a single person in charge go somewhere else see how that works for you. If you believe government wouldnt take your rights away. I own… Read more »

Jared K. Reviea
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Jared K. Reviea

George Strait already threw that bridge into a deal with his ex-wife when she bought some ocean-front property in Arizona.

Rick
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Rick

Why do I need an AR-15? Why does a person need a corvette that goes 160 mph when most speed limits are less than half that? The answer to both questions……because I want one.

Steve
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Steve

I am a registered Democrat I am also a veteran of 17 years army. I have an AR15 and numerous other weapons. I have them because I want them not necessarily because I need them. Guns don’t kill people stupid people with guns kill people. If someone has it in their mind That they are going to do evil they don’t necessarily buy the gun legally so stopping people from legally buying guns just help those who are in the wrong harm those who are innocent. We have the constitutional right to bear arms let it go at that

Jake
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Jake

You may want to reconsider registering with a party that literally is treason.

ExGob
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ExGob

Steve, I’m sure you’ve heard the old adage “when guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have them”, and we all know that outlaws don’t give a damn about laws or the punishments for violations. If they did, this great Country of ours would not be in the state of turmoil that it struggles in today. While I’m sure many of the anti-gunners have good intentions at heart, they don’t seem to realize that every restrictive law relative to gun ownership and/or possession equates to another asset for the criminal element. No, we don’t necessarily NEED an AR15, but we DO… Read more »

TK
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TK

This is going to be long so bear with me. The key to a solid argument is not to attack the other side’s stance and quote a 242 year old legal document. A lot changes in that amount of time and that’s why people are questioning its relevance. The first step to a good argument is to understand the opposition and recognize it. I spent a year on the south side of Chicago. I saw a man get shot in a drive by. So I understand how people can feel that imposing gun control laws would limit the violence. Now… Read more »

Tom M
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Tom M

Because: It’s not the Bill of “Needs,” it’s the Bill of Rights. That’s why.

Glenn Edgar
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Glenn Edgar

I have an AR, and I like to shoot it. I’m even going to get a better barrel for it. But I don’t feel like I own it for self defense, because it seems like kind of over-kill for the type of threats “I expect”. But I’ve become so used to relative stability, I’m complacent. If something caused rioting in the streets, i’ts a different story. But do I feel like it’s going to be used against the Government that has become tyrannical? Well they have fighter jets, nuclear weapons, millions of troops, hand grenades, machine guns, mortar, artillery, etc.… Read more »

RJL
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RJL

Gun Control=Disarmament=Extermination…

ALeftist
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ALeftist

I know it’s easy to make villains of “the left” but many many leftists are pro-gun.

Liberals=/= the left.

Dennis Roper
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Dennis Roper

God bless you. You have right…..

Darrell Holland
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Darrell Holland

“To defend against all enemies, foreign, and domestic.”

Stan
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Stan

Comparing your weapon collection to having 3 TVs, a bunch of boots or other benign stuff is a stupid argument because you can’t one day get your brain overflowed with right wing dementia and use your wife’s boots to kill a bunch of people. Even if we accept that it is your right to own unrestricted guns, you have to admit every firearm brought home increases the risk of violence by some amount. And does everyone really believe gun rights are under attack? Get a grip and look around. This has been the most unrestricted era in modern US history.… Read more »

Ed
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Ed

You, sir, are a blind hypocrite. Are you sure that buying a gun would not push you over the line into “being brainwashed by the right”, thus forcing you to commit crimes without volition of your own on behalf of the political party you oppose? That was your argument. As for your farcical assumption that danger of misuse of firearms increases in direct proportion to the amount of guns in a home; it does not. Stop being afraid of something you intend to buy. If you can’t do that, don’t buy it, its not for you.

TextingKills
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TextingKills

Or a new phone..

Ian
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Ian

If it ends up being the will of the people to place limits on the right to bear arms, then so be it. If it has to be a constitutional amendment then have at it. I don’t believe regulation limiting the types of guns we can posses is necessarily going to lead to an all or nothing situation. I own some of these guns they want to ban and I’d gladly give them up if the pass a law limiting my right to posses them. I should be fairly compensated for them. I am more than tired of hearing about… Read more »

Troy D Hanson
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Troy D Hanson

I hear what your saying, but the old saying, that give them an inch and they will take a mile, is so true.

GNewman
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GNewman

& you are what is wrong with the country now, you would bow down to what they want & say.

Ian
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Ian

I’d bow just like you would to an F-16. Respecting the law and abiding by it is a choice I make as a free man. If they change the Constitution to place limits or further define what exactly they want the right to bear arms means I’d gladly give up those weapons. It’s exactly like owning a bomb to me. I’m pretty sure I do not have the right to own a claymore. I’m perfectly ok with that, and I’m very ok that other people even dumber than I am don’t have that right. I would not support any change… Read more »

Denny
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Denny

Mental illness is really big problem and nobody says a word !!!!

WhippinShitties
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WhippinShitties

And the award for communist cuck of the year goes to: Ian!

Nate
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Nate

Giving up rights in no way helps the culling of violence. Based on this logic we should all forfit our cars and trucks. I’m am told they pollute and have been used as a weapon to kill people. Giving up anything will not change the hearts and minds of people that wish to harm others. They are comitting a crime in the act of harming or intending to murder people they will use illegal means to acquire the most potent tool for that. If all guns become illegal tomorrow criminals will still use them to commit crimes.

Wild Bill
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Wild Bill

@Iann, That is not how a Constitutional Republic works. If all the people in the US will it, except me, it would still be my unalienable, uninfringable Civil Right. A Constitutional Amendment would not change it. I am more than tired of hearing about cowards that would give up MY Constitutional Rights.

Khyberpass
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Khyberpass

Right on! No anti-gun law will change my mind. These attempts at taking away others rights because you don’t like it should be instantly dismissed. Goes against the Constitution. We should have one gun law (no felon. shall own a gun) other than that anything goes. We’ll have piece through strength. Criminals will be scared

Dudevoir
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Dudevoir

While there are several laws regulating the storage and obtaining of fissile materials and hazardous materials involved in making nuclear weapons, the actual ownership of a nuclear weapon is legal. Actually the most difficult part of the process of buying a nuclear bomb would be obtaining a class 3 destructive device (explosive) for use as the priming mechanism. Feel scared yet? No, let me help with that. 1994 David Charles Hahn was able to build a nuclear reactor from scratch. Why did he build it from scratch? David was only 17, those regulations I mentioned made it illegal to purchase… Read more »

Bob Johnson
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Bob Johnson

YOU ARE OUT OF YOUR MIND. .
the right to bear arms is a final checks and balance to insure the American citizens have and keep ultimate control over our government. .
It doesn’t guarantee our safety it guarantees our freedoms and pursuit of happiness from being infringed or eroded by others we elect to represent us .. I’d love to go on and on but it’s obvious I will not change your veiw.

Mississippi Rebel
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Mississippi Rebel

And Ian when it is the will of the people that you get in the cattle cars and later in the oven, I hope you feel good about bowing to the will of the people.

Ian
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Ian

Sorry but have you seen the pay load on an AC130 gunship. If they come for you you’ll bow down. We arent strong because we have rifles. We are strong because I don’t care if I have a gun or not… If they come for you to round you up I will fight with anything I’ve got to stop them… I don’t even know you but you are more my neighbor than the fictional GOV round up squad coming to get you or me. I know history has seen the kind of GOV round up you are talking about. The… Read more »

Dennis Flanders
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Dennis Flanders

Ian: You don’t seem to have much of a grasp on how your government operates, or how it is supposed to operate. The purpose of the Constitution, the value of your natural rights, what is required to change said Constitution – these concepts seem to evade you. You should look up the definition of the word ‘unalienable’, the word used to describe those natural rights enumerated in the Bill of Rights. Perhaps that will help you begin to grasp these concepts ‘The will of the people’ is not relevant to the status of your Constitutionally enumerated and protected natural rights.… Read more »

Fair Soldier
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Fair Soldier

And when you give up your guns, where do you think the people that violate our laws with firearms get theirs from. I can assure you it is not over the counter. Illegal guns have been an issue far before this and law abiding citizens giving up their firearms will not stop nor prevent this. It will only make you an easier target. I can assure you that even after you give up your second amendment rights, guns will still fall in the hands of those who lose their rights due to whatever reason. Something to think about. Not just… Read more »

Jon
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Jon

A gun is an insurance policy.

Jared K. Reviea
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Jared K. Reviea

But also could be a liability.

StormCloud
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StormCloud

This is not a matter of opinion.Most opinions suck.That’s why we have something called The Ten Commandments & The Bill of Rights. Both works for EVERYONE. One opinion can not rule government. Don’t you know what that is? IN GOD WE TRUST

Jerry
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Jerry

God is not real.

Jon
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Jon

Gun owner, gun rights advocate, liberal here. Why do you feel the need to use such divisive rhetoric? “Liberals get their dirty claws” and “snowflake Liberals” ect. You assume when your mother asks that question she is full of honest intentions and just misinformed but when an anti gunner asks they are savages coming to shred the constitution? Why demonize an entire half of the country just because they see things different from you? Sure maybe there are some who see gun control as a way to eat away at freedom but they are a tiny minority. Most people who… Read more »

PM
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PM

Thank you for this. Being left of center and also believing in gun rights has made me feel like a man with no country these days. If someone asks me why I need an ar-15 I tell them because they’re fun to shoot…wanna try?

DT
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DT

If we want less violence, then we need to attack to problem directly. The person commiting these crimes. If you will note ALL of these mass shootings have occurred in “Gun Free Zones”. Eliminate these in general public access areas e.i. restaurants, movie theaters etc. and even though this Will Not STOP some of the violence, it may minimize it. If we take a gun control stance on other mass acts of violence, then we need to outlaw backpacks like the one used in the Boston Marathon bombing. Home Depot 3/4 ton trucks like the one used to plow through… Read more »

Fair Soldier
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Fair Soldier

A dangerous tool is also a kitchen knife. Do we get rid of those as well? I don’t hate but I do believe education is needed. Look at Europe when they rid the people of guns. Stabbings went up. A firearm is not a weapon until you use it as such, or intend to cause harm. Anything can be a weapon, an neck tie can be used as a weapon to cause harm when someone decides to choke someone with it. Do we need those? Do we get rid of them? Stop looking at the tool used and start looking… Read more »

Ac
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Ac

I need one bc people like Tucker Carson’s wife need one…

I think this argument is now closed.

Jonathan Jordan
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Jonathan Jordan

Exactly. But that’s also why those turds don’t do that kind of B.S. in states with less restrictive gun laws.

Mike
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Mike

When you have a political “pundent” like Carlson whe preaches his rhetoric on a daily basis meaning to rile up tRumps base what do you expect will happen, when you have the Commander in chief doing the same thing at his ego stoking rally’s what do you expect will happen?

Brian
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Brian

Even after all that thought, you’re incapable of answering the question. The existential purpose of an AR15 is to kill a lot of people in a short period of time. It’s an extremely effective tool. We know this because it has demonstrated that effectiveness at Sandy Hook and countless other places across the United States.

Ted
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Ted

So is a speeding truck aimed at pedestrians.

Randy Ely
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Randy Ely

The gunner did not use an ar15 in sandy hook. It was found in the trunk of his car

Joshua watson
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Joshua watson

The need is there in case of having to overthrow an over bearing, tyrannical government. Literally the purpose the second amendment was written into the bill of rights was to protect citizens ability to do just that in the scenario they ever needed it.

Richard Revoir
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Richard Revoir

Exactly ” it is a tool ” it is also my right , as a law abiding citizen , to have it. I absolutely believe in our constitution , our 2nd Amendment , and the knowledge that my AR-15 and other gun’s are not going to grow a person & go on a shooting spree. It takes a person to use any weapon , I am well aware of how Lib’s & the left are fixated on taking our right to own any gun we have , leaving us defenseless. But with all of the criminals in the US having… Read more »

Jake Pacitti
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Jake Pacitti

Actually, you’re incorrect. The ar15 has been used in two shootings and any gun can be used to kill people. Handguns are used 57% of the time in any shooting, mass or domestic.

Steve
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Steve

I agree, handguns are used in more homicides AND criminal acts then the ar15 will ever be! So tired of hearing assault weapons should be banned when people dont know the truth. List to Chicago police scanner one night. How many shootings? Too many! In my city we have had more the 300 hundred homicides a year for the past few years and on track to do it again. Guess how many were killed with an ar15? NONE!

Steve
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Steve

A firearms purpose, what they are designed to do is to launch a projectile down range. That’s it, thats all they do.
The projectile may or may not be designed to inflict damage on a soft target.
Its the operator of the firearm that determines what that target is.

Herb
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Herb

You ought to ask a couple of Koreans that were present back in the LA Riots why they needed AR15s. Then get back to us.

A.x. Perez
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A.x. Perez

When someone asks why do you need a (whatever), what they mean is “Why should I give you permission to get a(whatever)?”
The right answer is “What I do not need your permission to get a (whatever). Furthermore, I have a feeling that no reason I give you would be good enough for you to give me that permission, so thank God I don’t need it. Now, if you think you know of a gun that you think would meet my needs better tell me what it is and we can have a friendly conversation.

Jeff
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Jeff

Thank you! Very well put!!

Richard
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Richard

Bullseye. Thank you for saying what I was thinking.

Parker
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Parker

The same “We the People…” in the Declaration of Independence is used in the second amendment, “right of the people to keep and bear arms..”

KM
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KM

So what’s wrong with house bill 2060? I am a gun owner and advocate but if a man beats a woman first you shouldn’t be allowed to walk the earth must less own firearms. They should be taken away. Lesson is control yourself or loose you rights.

Carlos
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Carlos

Maybe because not everyone is honest and a woman can just make up a false story and ruin a mans life with a domestic violence accusation (ive seen it happen). Another good reason is that these are only incremental steps towards gun confiscation. Same issue with all these red flag laws. I believe people should not have their rights stripped away unless they have been proven guilty of a crime.

Roger
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Roger

My answers is. Why not? The easiest answers is there just fun to shoot and most are very accurate even with cheap russkie ammo. And there just fun to shoot.

James
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James

“JUST IN CASE”.

Samuel Harvey
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Samuel Harvey

Why do I need an AR15?
Because non of your business is why.
Happy Thanksgiving!

Richard Revoir
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Richard Revoir

Non’ya business. Great , reasonable , truth !! HAPPY THANKSGIVING

Richard Revoir
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Richard Revoir

Happy Thanksgiving Samuel Harvey . Non’ya business is exactly right !!

Christopher Smith
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Christopher Smith

The 2nd amendment needs a modernized reading, I’ll try. “A well regulated militia (is necessary for the security of a free state, professional , paid military), EVEN THOUGH we have that, the RIGHT of the PEOPLE (different group than the militia) to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. I believe that it’s saying even though we have a militia /military, government can’t use that fact to deny the PEOPLE (citizens) the right to keep and bear arms. So that stops some democrat from saying “why do citizens need guns themselves when federal, state, and local governments have provided… Read more »

EDGAR
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EDGAR

YEP

Michael
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Michael

I usually don’t get Into these arguments but, to correct you slightly. Every man woman and child in America is the militia. The reasoning behind this idea was our founder’s had just fought an invading force. Everyone focuses on corrupt Government but, if you look through history of this country you’ll find potential invaders refused to not due to the military but, due to the armed population. The Japanese said it best why they didn’t push forward into the nation after pearl harbor ” there is a rifle behind every blade of grass.” This is why I a veteran will… Read more »

Jim Macklin
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Jim Macklin

No need to repeat “fake news” because the truth is enough. The Japanese did not avoid invading the USA because there was a rifle behind every blade of grass. The Japanese did not invade California because they did not have enough fuel to send ships all the way across the Pacific Ocean 8,000 miles. They also had no means to get enough troops and supplies here to cross the Rocky Mountains. As for using a 6 shot “enough” for home defense? Home invasion gangs can be a dozen armed thugs. In Texas the church shooter was armed with an AR.… Read more »

Fafhrd Kreig
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Fafhrd Kreig

On the milita note the Washington state constitution defines the milita in two ways. One the regular militia the national guard and the state patrol. Two the irregular militia as all able bodied men over 18. So as a militia member in the state you should not be able to limit the 2nd Amendment on me. I believe the wording of the irregular militia portion should be changed to read all able bodied people over 18.

SpAz130
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SpAz130

So i guess because i made a compelling argument, the comment was removed. Csuse i see the one before it and some after. Guess they meant to say leave a comment as long as your opinion doesnt offend [admin note] give us a break we are approving comments as quickly as possible.

Wild Bill
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Wild Bill

@SpAz130, It is a popular site and gets overwhelmed. I look forward to your compelling argument. What is going on in the Az senate race?

Sam Smith
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Sam Smith

Why one need a Mercedes, Bentley, Ferrari, Mansion, Yacht?

Mike
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Mike

Well you aren’t gonna win anyone over by calling them snowflake liberals. My politics lean mostly left, but I am a gun owner and collector. People like you leave me with nowhere to turn and IMO are a huge part of the problem. We aren’t ever going to find common ground by calling each other names. Toy want to drum up real discussion then try to understand the position of your enemies. Understand they are afraid and uneducated on the matter. Offer to teach them………Or you know, just keep calling them names and see how that works for ya.

John A Bird
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John A Bird

Regardless of how you feel about the gun issue, what matters is that politicians within the democratic party are pushing marxism/socialism and globalization. Their playbook is based on saul alinskys rules for radicals, so it might be wise for you to understand your partys stance and that you are being used as a pawn for their purpose. Maybe you need to reconsider who you vote for, please educate yourself and then get back to us.

Daneal
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Daneal

Yeah, no kidding. Let me make my argument about a very important issue by saying “LIBERALS LIBERALS DEMOCRATS want to shred the Constitution”. That’s not a real argument.

Brandon white
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Brandon white

It all falls to social control that’s it.when I think I am free I stop to think about the stupid little things that our government would happily put me in jail for things that 15 years ago would not have mattered at all. them trying to get our gun rights is nothing new and if ever they do we are in big trouble it’s all you see in the news today something about the AR-15.i have many guns but when they get the AR there not going to stop with it. it will be ever gun we have I’ll will… Read more »

Tasos Economou
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Tasos Economou

That’s right. For example, a ‘military style weapons… might that evolve to any device that can fire a projectile? And what the heck is a “bullet button”? A buzz word created by politicians to frighten uninformed citizens? I sent two messages to the CA DOJ asking whether a bullet button and magazine latch release are one and the same (to see if I was required to register my AR-15 and they never replied.

Pate Turlington
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Pate Turlington

ALL so-called gun laws instituted since as far back as 1934 are completely ILLEGAL and UNCONSTITUTIONAL. Some would say that we need some gun laws to keep the guns out of the hands of criminals. I say, “Don’t criminals acquire them regardless, be it through theft or otherwise?!” I’m not really concerned about the idea that everyone may or may not be armed, as I would myself prefer (for everyone to be armed, that is). The remedy to crime would be to punish the criminal, not the “Just Citizen.” As to what the author is stating in regards to the… Read more »

Trav
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Trav

I agree with your statements. The wild west comes to my mind when this is spoken. Criminals get off to easy when they mean to do harm. Then terms like mental illness gets thrown around to lessing a sentance. 3rd and 4th chances are giving to criminals. I hate to say this, maybe im not sane to say this or just free to say . This has to change if we want to get rid of voilence we go strict on criminals. Our courts are used in wrong manors.. for traffic violations for example. If cops was protecting gun free… Read more »

Jason
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Jason

Here is my counter to this question. Why do you need your car, specifically since all vehicles are designed by the manufacturer to break the law and drive faster than the posted safe speed limit. I have a right to my firearms. There is no right in the Constitution to your luxury of having a vehicle, let alone ones that are able to break the law. If you will get legislation passed to where no vehicle produced will be able to break the speed law, and all current vehicles that can either be registered and non transferrable without serious regulation,… Read more »

Juan
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Juan

I like your point. Adding to it, most people own a car and cars accidents cause way more death than gun violence does

James G Smith
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James G Smith

The ar15 is not a weapon of war it’s junk will not hold up in combat if want a toy then buy a ar15

Jayme
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Jayme

Your an idiot. I got a “Meat Axe” that says your full of shit. Care to put a wager on that sweet little uninformed ass?!

Andrew DeFrancesco
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Andrew DeFrancesco

An ar15 has never been a weapon of war. The weapon of war is the M16 ,which is a fully automatic shoulder fired rifle. The ar15 is a semi automatic and has no history of being used in combat by any US military because the military only is armed with the M16. Get it right once and for all !!!!!

Claude Collins
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Claude Collins

Andrew, I agree with most of what you say but I can attest to the fact that not all military rifles of the m-16 variety were full autos. When I was a paratrooper in the late 70 s, ( this was the m-16a1 and steel pot era) air Force combat control teams were sporting semi auto xm-177 like rifles. They made parachute jumps with us 82 nd guys on a regular basis. I was always intrigued with thier rifles as they were like 10 times cooler than our m-16 a1. When you’re a young paratrooper “cool facter” was a big… Read more »

Clayton Loeblein
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Clayton Loeblein

I’m not trying to sound like a know- it- all. I’m just trying to help out. My experience, 5.5 years in the US Army Infantry. 2 tours to Iraq and a shit ton of ammo shot/ wasted. The M16 has 4 variants. M16A1-4. I don’t know year’s active or differences except the M16A1 is the only one of those that is full auto unless a person is a spec ops personnel. At some point in time they switched us over to the M4. That has a safe, semi, and 3 round burst selector switch. Once again Spec Ops get the… Read more »

Ren
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Ren

The constitution just re-iterates our natural/god given right to DEFEND ourselves against ANYONE. The people who question why we need ar15’s most likely never paid any attention to history lessons nor have they read any history books ever. If they did they would have read about NUMEROUS cases where government became a problem and what happened when the people had nothing to defend themselves. (Hitler, Stalin, Mao,…..) They are too stupid to think about the past and somehow believe themselves that will never happen here. They are fools of the biggest kinds living in a dream land. We need even… Read more »

Paul
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Paul

Hello All: Let’s be clear – my “gun control” position is very limited in scope. I argue against the theory that the 2A protects civilian ownership of military grade semi-auto assault rifles (such as the AR15, the classic example). We all know the types of weapons I’m talking about, so lets not get bogged down with ballistics. Like some one once said about porn – “I don’t know how to define it, but I know it when I see it.” I am a gun owner. Just recently purchased a Remington 596 (.22 cal) for my teen-age son to use under… Read more »

David Park
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David Park

So, you don’t mind giving up someone else’s rights, as long as it doesn’t affect yours.
Got it.

Jim
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Jim

You are correct, your position on gun control is limited , and very weak. First of all, the 2nd Amendment does protect the rights of citizens to own military type weapons. The 2nd Amendment was written at a time when there was no standing army, only the militia, who were required to provide their own weapons were the defenders of our nation when called to serve. They did not show up at the Armory and draw a weapon, they had to bring their own rifle with sixty rounds of powder and ball plus five days rations. This was a requirement… Read more »

Wild Bill
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Wild Bill

@Paul, I could kill more faster with a half a gallon of gasoline. Go ban gasoline. Your view of the Second Amendment is judicially wrong.
Lots of people have full auto, and we all have a Civil Right to full auto.
Why do you get to be the judge of what is lunacy.
I doubt that you are a gun owner. Those “drawn lines” only exist because the power elites ignore our Constitution. You think that you are going to be an elite, but you are just a temporarily useful tool.
You are no one to decide what we can and can not have.

blaine pond
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blaine pond

You’re wrong the civilian population can still purchase transferable machine guns and silencers do your research please

Mark
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Mark

Paul, recently at a gunshow up in Virginia, I came across a teeshirt with the logo “no sovereign but God and no king but Jesus”. It was evidently a common Revolutionary War slogan. I think the question becomes why should Americans feel obligated to except really any of the gun control regulations, maybe in the case of existing ones, one could argue precedent, but certainly I would argue we should feel no obligation to allow things to go any further. In otherwords disobedience. Unless someone can make a good argument that God doesn’t want civilians possessing AR-15s, I think I… Read more »

Tom
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Tom

Paul, I NEED AR15’s because nothing else pisses off arrogant snowflakes like you more than a scary black rifle does. It’s a good thing I don’t need your permission to get one, or you don’t need my permission to write your idiotic thoughts. Turn in your guns, sheeps have no use for them.

Richard Revoir
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Richard Revoir

Yes you are a snowflake Paul !! I think you need to educate yourself on the constitution. You are eigther for our 2nd Amendment right to keep and bear arms. Or you are truly dilluded about what this right means. It is not debatable. As for automatic weapons , they should not be available to only the wealthy of this great country. Wake up , lest you find your party’s true agenda. To relieve all citizens , of all guns. Yours included. And forget teaching your son the joy of shooting sports. They want all of our guns. Also do… Read more »

Robert Thomas
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Robert Thomas

Paul, your scope is not limited at all. What you propose would ban most all semiautomatic by definition alone. Including your 596. Legally defining the AR will include any other firearm that functions like it. And we all know that is the end game they play. Thankfully, 80% receivers, ghostgunner cnc machines, etc. make any argument you make a moot point. Good luck with that.

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SpAz13o

My question is since the ar-15 is most widley used gun in mass shooting because of how tacticle and militant it appears, why not make is nesecarry to require a higher form of clearence like with full auto? Make it harder to get ahold of? Yes i understand that if i school shooter wants it bad enough they will find a way of getting it. But why cant we make it harder? If you as a gun collector and enthusiast are in the right frame of mind to own a gun, then it shouldnt be that much harder. I personally… Read more »

Kluge Izroot
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Kluge Izroot

An AR-15 is not a .15 caliber firearm. As far as not driving an F1 on the highway to get to work… Hell yeah, I would if I could!

Joseph Gallagher
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Joseph Gallagher

Please do a little more research and you’ll find out that AR-15s are not the most widely used in mass shootings. In fact rifles in general are the minority when it comes to firearms used.

Phillip Bernard
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Phillip Bernard

For home defence in my family we have a saying “If you need more than 6 shots you are doing something wrong or need to work on your aim.” So my family all opt for buying revolvers or pistols. My dad a State highway patrol officer has his 1911, my Grandpa (state highway and veteran) has a couple of revolvers hidden for quick access and made each and everyone of us learn gun safety from the age of about 10-14, I own a Judge, and my sister’s husband a marine owns a couple of pistols. One big mistake that a… Read more »

Steve Yost
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Steve Yost

Washington recently “voted” and passes initiative 1639 which raises the age to 21 for purchasing rifles, defines assault rifles… again, now any semi auto. Requirements to secure all firearms AND ammunition (class c felony if not done) and in addition to background checks, in order to purchase the newly defined assault rifles, you will be required to go through a state approved safety course within the last 3 years, and pay the sherriff 25$ for their approval as well. This means that you can pass the background check, have the safety training and the sherriff could say “meh, I dont… Read more »

Barry Ligus
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Barry Ligus

The first step librards should push is eliminating all post 1861 firearms from all movies, tv shows, and games. I’m sure the entertainment industry would love having nothing but musicals and animation as sources of income.

Steven G
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Steven G

The courts can still throw the initiative out and deem it unlawful before it is signed into law. The battle is not over yet.

Justisa
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Justisa

I get asked “Why do you need a weapon of war.”
I reply “War”
Weapons of war is exactly what the founding fathers had in mind.

John Erickson
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John Erickson

Because it’s my constitutional right.

Mike Whitman
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Mike Whitman

One could ask “why do you need a fire extinguisher in your house?” My answer would be the same: ” hopefully, I won’t “. People own these because we refer to the first 10 amendments as a Bill of Rights not a Bill of Needs. Plain and simple.

Joseph Mast
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Joseph Mast

Exactly. Why do I need is not the proper question. Also this is supposed to be a free country. Why do I need a Porsche? I don’t, but I have one because I earned it and should be able to enjoy it.

2WarAbnVet
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2WarAbnVet

Since the invention of firearms, every wanna-be tyrant or despot has attempted to deny or restrict them to those they wanted to subjugate or control. The Founding Fathers were perfectly aware of this, and wrote the Second Amendment as a guarantee that citizens could protect themselves against government tyranny: “The most foolish mistake we could possibly make would be to permit the conquered Eastern peoples to have arms. History teaches that all conquerors who have allowed their subject races to carry arms have prepared their own downfall by doing so.” —Adolf Hitler “The measures adopted to restore public order are:… Read more »

Mike Whitman
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Mike Whitman

My answer to people who ask that question is always the same. Because we have a “Bill of Rights” as the foundation of this great country, not a “Bill of Needs”.

Dom
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Dom

A nation devided will not prosper. This being America right now we all should be working. I am a gun ower and as a veteran feel it is my right to portect my family from any threat including our own government.I believe that was the intent of this countries founding fathers. Anyone attempting to disarm the citizens of this country without just cause is in for a great big surprise I hope to never see. Our division is more a matter of personal opinion and choice which now seems to be a big issue with the more liberally minded individuals… Read more »

Waymon Hernandez
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Waymon Hernandez

Thank you for your service.

JoeUSooner
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JoeUSooner

No, Dom…

The 2nd Amendment does NOT confer, grant, or issue the right to self-defense (which is God-given). The 2nd Amendment merely prohibits the government from interfering with that natural right. Even if the 2nd is repealed, the natural right remains… it still exists… and such a repeal simply means that We the People must prohibit the government from interfering.

The Founding Fathers were adamant that citizens must have access to arms “suitable for war.” The Federalist Papers clearly proved that.

John A Bird
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John A Bird

This is in answer to Pauley:
You indicate that you are a Democrat and you do not want to take our guns away, only control how they are sold. You are living in a fantasy world and do not understand your party. Please open and read the following link as you are uninformed about where your party is taking this nation.
https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2018/10/the_ideological_conversion_of_the_democratic_party.html

Don Bailey
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Don Bailey

I love the AR platform in the many calibers they can be built in. They have come a long ways in the past fifty years and that is why I need them. Furthermore, I’ve heard all of the questions, but long ago it was, “Why do you need so many guns?” My response has always been the same, that is a collector collects what they want. A stamp collector or a coin collector may have hundreds in their collection and it is the same with other types of collections. You study and research every aspect of your interests. While I… Read more »

Jim
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Jim

Know what you mean about the AR platform ( toy gun) several times Vietnam 1967 I would have given my left nut so to speak for my M-14 from basic.

James
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James

You are wrong about Obama October 2 2015 he praised the Australian gun by back witch was not voluntary and he praiesd Great Britain gun confisication. Obama and other gun grabbers would like for you to think that they only want comansence gun control. Will know they call it gunsaftey but that is far from the truth they want out right out confiscation so the can no longer can be held accountable to the american people all you have to due is search thier speaches and actually read what they at saying if gun control work why is places like… Read more »

Jim
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Jim

Commonsense gun control is about taking very small steps to erode gun owners rights under the Constitution of the United States with the end being confiscation of guns from lay abiding citizens.

Richard
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Richard

Amen to your last sentence. I’m getting too dann old to go head-to-head with some of those folks who wish us harm. They are taking away our gun show down here cause after 20 sum years this area is starting to see snowflakes,

Tony
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Tony

I was born in a communist country in early 1960’s, and I do remember the fear people had of being arrested for being the enemy of the state. For decades I heard all the the arbitrary arguments that I don’t need a gun. My preference is for the government to be afraid of me instead of me being afraid of the government. I have a god given right to defend my family, life, property, my country from a rogue government, criminals, terrorists, gangs, drug traffickers, burglars, foreign invasion, carjacking, etc… This is not negotiable, it is a sacred right. Do… Read more »

Richard Revoir
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Richard Revoir

A gun is a tool , an AR-15 is one of the best home defense tool’s we are able to own. It is our constitutional right to protect ourselves , and our loved ones. The Right to keep and bear arms , is not hard to understand. The left and Lib’s want to shred our constitution , bit by bit , piece by piece , I say nay , they shall not infringe on my rights.

Donald Iannuccilli
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Donald Iannuccilli

fast food kills. High cholesterol diabetes obesity. How many people each year died from illnesses related two the above. Drunk drivers kill or Maim thousands of people each year. There is no waiting period To buy a new car.

Jake
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Jake

Or the next bottle of hooch