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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    ExGob
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    Revelator: It appears that you might have misinterpreted a couple of my comments in my recent post. Here I will attempt to make them clearer. Where I wrote ‘just as it should be’ was intended to make the point that, regardless of any law, students cannot be stopped from praying in their hearts and minds. And, no, there should be no requirements for or against anyone’s method of praying, be it silently or aloud, and no requirements for others to join in if they are opposed. If you think I support laws against prayer in schools or anywhere else, you… Read more »

    MacofJack
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    MacofJack

    @ExGob You are another that is a legend in his own mind! You need some help! Get it.

    The Revelator
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    The Revelator

    @ExGob There was no misinterpretation. Having compared your responses from the last few days to the first response of yours that I saw made back on the 11th, there was a very dramatic change. You attacked someone who voiced their opinion because you took exception to their comment. When another individual stepped up and criticized you for it, you lashed out at them as well. Whether you choose to admit or not, all three of you were right about various points you were making. Now allow me to make clear why I have questioned your grasp on Rights and Freedom.… Read more »

    Richard Revoir
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    Richard Revoir

    Well said sir , well said !!

    The Revelator
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    The Revelator

    @Macofjack

    You are not helping the situation.

    Michael McAllister
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    Michael McAllister

    @The Revelator Who’s situation? ExGob? Please!

    The Revelator
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    The Revelator

    @Michael McAllister Let me ask you a question in response. Do you think that by acting condescending and name calling that ExGob or Macofjack are going to change either of their minds or be open to contemplating ideas that perhaps neither had considered? Perhaps if you look at what started the issue, you’d notice that MacofJack did the exact same thing to ExGob that ExGob did to Bill. So what we have now are two people trying to argue their opinions instead of facts, and each one wants to puff up their chest and show that they can urinate higher… Read more »

    Ren
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    Ren

    So childish to start rippin on peoples spelling. Grow the f up, child.

    Bill
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    Bill

    Communist leaning judges, commiedemocrats all know that the way to make subjects out of citizens is to disarm them. I dread the day that is obviously coming when we will have to vote with a rifle instead of a pen. About 50 years ago some left leaning judges and democrats took GOD out of schools. No more praying for fear of offending some dumb a##. You wind up with both ordinary people and the “leadership” having no law higher than their own, They don’t even acknowledge the LORD so they don’t have to be accountable to HIM. Calling themselves wise… Read more »

    ExGob
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    ExGob

    Bill, your rant deserves replies and here’s mine. I’m going to do it all in one paragraph, as you did. Your statement that God was taken out of schools is in error. What was taken out were the requirements for mandatory participation of students in religious activities and teachings. Students were and still are, at liberty to believe as they please, when and where they please and to pray in silence anytime they desire, just as it should be. After all, if there is a God, He or She will hear them. You intimate that anyone who is not a… Read more »

    Macofjack
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    Macofjack

    @ExGob You better what the news more (and not the fake news). Students are NOT allowed to pray anytime in silence (unless you mean just in there mind, which is NOT the same). You seem to be one that does NOT believe in God in any form, so you have no idea what it is to pray.
    WISE UP or shut up.

    ExGob
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    ExGob

    You don’t know applebutter from bull shit. Anyone can pray in silence anytime and anywhere they please without repercussions in our country. What do you think ‘in silence’ means other than in mind? How could you police what goes on in anyone’s mind? There is nothing illegal about what a person thinks. No one knows what another thinks and it damn sure can’t be proven. Even if a person bows their head, closes their eyes, and folds their hands to pray silently, there’s nothing that anyone can legally do about it; in school or anywhere else. Whether I believe in… Read more »

    MacofJack
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    MacofJack

    @ExGob I can smell you BS from 10 miles away. Since you got the point you just prove you are a spelling NAZI. Good luck trying to have a life, because you sure don’t have one now!

    The Revelator
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    The Revelator

    @ExGOB I have a question for you, but would first like to quote you directly. “Students were and still are, at liberty to believe as they please, when and where they please and to pray in silence anytime they desire, just as it should be.” Those are your own words.. Just as it should be.. Tell me, if we have freedom of speech in the same amendment as freedom of religious choice, then why does it have to be silent? Why would anyone be able to do anything to anyone with the law if they pray out loud since you… Read more »

    The Revelator
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    @ExGOB

    I would also like to add, I did see your comment from November 11th, so I do know you should know better than how you responded here between Bill and Macofjack.

    RicksterAR
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    RicksterAR

    ExGob. Well said Sir, well said

    Wild Bill
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    Wild Bill

    @ExGob, Your statement that “… what was taken out were the requirements for mandatory participation of students in religious activities and teachings.” is quite wrong. Maybe, you should read Everson v. Bd or Ed. and McCollum v. Bd. of Ed. to find out what was really taken.

    ExGob
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    ExGob

    Wild Bill, I can only tell you that when I was in the second grade of grammar school in 1946, a lady Bible teacher came to our class one day each month and we were required to remain in attendance during her presentation. Years later, in the early ’70’s, I had to sign a document for my son to be dismissed from class during religious presentations. Neither his Mother nor I dictated this to him; the choice was solely his. Maybe I don’t know the law, but, at the time, my perspective was that, without a document, signed by the… Read more »

    RicksterAR
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    RicksterAR

    No question , just a response. I couldn’t care less how one gets their point across . you managed to do just that Bill. We are not all equally articulate , we do however , want our constitutional rights upheld. Thank you.

    Geary Mcdevitt
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    Geary Mcdevitt

    The left has never understood the meaning of liberty. Freedom of speech is your right to be silent !!!?
    Your freedom lies in your ability not to listen, to walk away, not to silence someone else.
    The left pushes the collective, but cheer one athieist, forcing thousands who enjoy a cross in a public cemetery, remove that cross.
    You have the freedom to leave others alone, exercise it.

    John W Bletsch
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    John W Bletsch

    The way things are playing out with Dems stealing elections then using their usurped offices to attempt to void the Bills of Rights leads me to believe I could use another AR platform rifle in larger caliber than 5.56mm. Something that would reach out with authority & a good optical sight. From a place you did not see and a sound you did not hear.

    Richard LaRouche
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    Richard LaRouche

    Its becoming more and more of a need with congressmen and women threatening to kill us, send the police at our door as a legal way of a death squad (im pro police btw, but they are used to enforce lm laws) and and a Californian congressman wanting to nuke us.
    Congress and governors have become the proverbial red coats of England and we as a country have 100% let them enslave us

    ren
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    ren

    I am all for realistic measures. My FIRST one is: Get rid of gun free zones ! DONE.

    Tom
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    Tom

    Well, you kind of glossed over the fact that the Army and Marines adopted the platform during Vietnam and was designated a AR15 by the Army and the Marine Corps recieved it and it was designated the M16. Before that, we in the Marine Corps were issued the Springfield , M-14 in 7.62mm or the .308. When you decide to tell the history of arms, don’t leave anything out. I could swear it is almost like reading “fake news”.

    Heed the Call-up
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    Heed the Call-up

    Tom, the AR15 that was adopted by the military is not and was not the same firearm sold by Colt to the civilian population as the AR-15. Your post is a lie, or at the least disinformation, unfortunately for you, we here that are regular readers and posters are not the ignorant masses that would believe your disingenuous post. You need to post your lies elsewhere, if you want or expect a fawning audience.

    JoeUSooner
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    JoeUSooner

    Not quite, Tom…

    It was an M-16 in the Army’s designation, too. The Armalite company caused some confusion by originally calling BOTH the full-auto rifle (supplied exclusively to the military) and the semi-auto rifle (supplied exclusively to the civilian market) an AR-15… but the Army’s official nomenclature became (just like the Marines) an M-16. I carried one in VietNam in ’69, although I took Basic (in ’68 at Ft Polk LA) with the old M-14… and loved that beast!

    Geary Mcdevitt
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    Geary Mcdevitt

    Not a chance the Army ever called it an AR 15 lol
    Fake news is right, and you sir are the perpetrator

    A.x. Perez
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    A.x. Perez

    Closest is the CAR 15 series by Colt, but the most successful was the Colt Commando type classified XM177E1 by the Army and GAU-5 by the Air Force.

    Don’t need one but given how close I live to Juarez and outbreaks of fighting by cartels, might sing different song next week.

    Jim Macklin
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    Jim Macklin

    For a number of years Colt was the only maker of AR15s. They had many parts in common with the M16. Primarily the trigger and safety selector were the only different parts. When the military went to te 14,5″ barrel Colt made 16 inch barrels for the civilian US market. The ATF got all excited about newspaper stories about how easy it was to put an Allen wrench in the trigger convert it to full auto. ATF insisted on changes. So Colt made large pins so a mili spec trigger could not be installed and the slot for the trigger… Read more »

    ExGob
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    ExGob

    Purely and simply, WE ARE AMERICANS, living in the greatest nation on Earth, The United States Of America! We are NOT restricted to owning only those things that we can prove we need. There is much more to existence than just getting by with only the few things that we absolutely need, such as water, food, shelter and sleep. There are no requirements for us to NEED things that we want, as long as they are legal to possess and we are legal to have them. If you’re anti gun, just don’t get one, but don’t try to build barriers… Read more »

    MacofJack
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    MacofJack

    @GI – You don’t want a gun then don’t get one (as you said). As to the rest of your rant you are a total idiot.. Don’t need a semi-auto for home defense? Ask the person that gets a gang breading into the house.
    Maybe you should use you brain for more that an counter weight!

    SS2nd1
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    SS2nd1

    Rosa Parks didn’t NEED to sit in the front of the bus.

    A.x. Perez
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    A.x. Perez

    I’m stealing this and posting it to Facebook.

    John Kariotis Jr
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    John Kariotis Jr

    Rosa Parks may not have needed to sit in the front of the bus. But, she deservered the right to sit anywhere she wanted on the bus. She should not have been restricted to the back of the bus.

    Robert J. Lucas
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    Robert J. Lucas

    Most firearm owners already know this, but for those of you who do not, here is a nutshell history lesson on what the definition of AR is, along with its history. 1952-1954 Work on the AR-1 “Para sniper” rifle begins breaking new ground by using a foam-filled fiberglass stock and an anodized aluminum barrel with a thin steel liner. In 1954, Armalite was established as a Division of Fairchild Engine and Airplane Corporation. The AR-1 was one of the first rifles produced at Armalite’s location in Hollywood, CA, and paved the way to the development of the AR-10. All rifles… Read more »

    Tom
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    Tom

    Well, you kind of glossed over the fact that the Army and Marines adopted the platform during Vietnam and was designated a AR15 by the Army and the Marine Corps recieved it and it was designated the M16. Before that, we in the Marine Corps were issued the Springfield , M-14 in 7.62mm or the .308. When you decide to tell the history of arms, don’t leave anything out. I could swear it is almost like reading “fake news”.

    Robert J. Lucas
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    Robert J. Lucas

    Sorry Tom,
    If you felt that I glossed over Army & Marines applications during the Vietnam era, no disrespect intended.
    I only get the historical information from its original source, the ARMALITE history book.
    I have Great respect for the FAIRCHILD ENGINE and AIRPLANE CORPORATION, in which ARMALITE was a division of. Fairchild had many fantastic divisions, cameras, recording equipment, semiconductors,
    the history of Fairchild also had historical ties with Alexander Graham Bell…
    I will not write “fake news”, only facts….

    Robert J. Lucas
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    Robert J. Lucas

    Because I Want One…

    9mm-Ick-Ick-Ick
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    9mm-Ick-Ick-Ick

    What have Republicans actually DONE for gun owners? Has Trump lifted the ban on importing Norincos? SVT40s? Overturned the NFA? Lifted the import ban on Mosin Nagants? This piece mentions “liberals” but the “Liberal Obama” permitted guns on Amtrack & on National Forest land.

    My guess is Trump & his fellow travellers will be all chummy with us when they want our votes & then conveniently forget us once re elected. It stinks.

    Wild Bill
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    Wild Bill

    @9mmiii, Trump has not had the Congress available to him to do those things. Trump’s S.Ct. picks can prevent gun grab schemes and get us back to the Constitution. It has only been two years of his administration, and he has had unprecedented resistance from libtards, the bureaucracy, and the Grand old Prostitute party. Have a little patients.

    Curt M. Selby
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    Curt M. Selby

    I wonder whether Antifa will turn in their AR-15? Not likely!

    E6H
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    E6H

    Well put, the majority of our fighting men and women would be on the side of legitimate gun ownership as they took an oath to defend the Constitution against all enemies. Foreign and domestic. I took it as did all my friends.

    John C Kariotis Jr
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    John C Kariotis Jr

    You know what! No one is going to come to your house and demand you turn over your guns. Do you know why I know that? I’m a gun owner. I’m also one of your liberal snowflakes. Ignore for the moment my mention of gun ownership. I will defend your to protect your second amendment rights as adamently as I would demand you defend my constitutional rights. I will stand by your side and argue w/our government why you deserve your AR. I will stand back to back if necessary. I would expect no less from you.

    Douglas Anderson
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    Douglas Anderson

    Tell that to the 61-year old man who was recently executed by police IN HIS HOME in Maryland when he refused to turn over his firearms. The gradual eradication of 2nd Amendment rights is, and has been, happening in many parts of our country. Leftists/socialists/communists/DemocRATS don’t seek to eradicate all gun ownership…..they seek to ensure that CITIZEN gun ownership is eliminated and/or so severely restricted that no effective resistance can be mounted against their well-armed government thugs. Why do you think so many local law enforcement agencies are now being equipped with military equipment, especially crowd control equipment???? This kind… Read more »

    JoeUSooner
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    JoeUSooner

    John, you are in the minority, A Democrat supporter of the 2nd Amendment is exceedingly rare!!

    Ren
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    Ren

    To the people who claim we would not have a chance to fight our own military;
    2 things at play here.
    1. Our own military is US (we) so they would not be available in its full size, if any
    2.We can’t win the war in Afghanistan which is a rag tag enemy consisting of farmers with rifles. What makes you think our military could win a war in the US with over 300 millions fire arms spread out in every town,city and rural area ?

    Geary Mcdevitt
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    Geary Mcdevitt

    Absolutely correct, Ren have heard that bogus argument for years. I believe the majority of our military would be on our side. Right now the bureaucracy is our biggest threat.
    IRS, BLM, and all the others that have become weaponized.

    StLPro2A
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    StLPro2A

    WHY I NEED A GUN: -For the same reason as LEOs….only difference is they get paid! -Evil and Violence exist…always have; always will; -Because to ignore the danger of Evil and Violence is simply to invite it; -On a bad day, Evil and Violence may come calling at my door; -Evil and Violence often come calling in numbers greater than one; -Evil and Violence never call ahead for an appointment; -Evil and Violence strive to overwhelm by surprise; -Evil and Violence are usually more powerful than a rapidly aging old fart…..a gun is the great equalizer; -Evil and Violence won’t… Read more »

    SavvyVet
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    SavvyVet

    Well said.

    Smart american
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    Smart american

    Trust and believe i will not give up my protection.thats what they want is for us to be defencless so they can herd us up in fema camps and to de populate.that is what they are doing and anyone who is smart would figure that out.the ones who give up their guns are one of them.cival war is gonna happen so why give up your gun are u stupid.goverment could care less if anybody shoots up a place.they dont care they act like they do.the use it as a tool to take from us.they probably paid them to do it.

    Ekrajmon
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    Ekrajmon

    Why Police officer and Army have to have gun? Why most shootings having in the School or in the bar or in Church or in movies? The answer is very sample because of these places are not allowed good guys with guns in to stop the bad guys with guns. Special place like these are please allow good guys with guns in to safe good people. Wake up people let safe our children our love ones and stop stupid gun control.

    Jim Macklin
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    Jim Macklin

    The question that has not been asked, except perhaps in some scifi books. If a graduate Marine with one or two years of service walked bare handed into a grade school with 400 kindergarten through sixth grade students and began killing people how many school teachers with out a gun would die? How many children? Maybe all military troops should be restricted to base and when their enlistment was up, their hands and feet should be cut off? Mass public killings happen because violations of the Second Amendment create “gun free zones” which are Unarmed Victim Zones and need a… Read more »

    cutterjack
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    cutterjack

    I need a rifle, or two. I am training to perform the duty and right of self defense…as happens a couple million times a year in the US; the defensive use of firearms (DGUs) . I’m not looking for the approval of the ignorant or interested in debating with fools. I have seen what the Shumers and the Feinsteins say, and I know what they want. The gun control crowd and the appeasers reporting in here want you dead. Disarming people is evil, doesn’t matter what they say. When some cannibal comes to shoot up the place and murder you… Read more »

    Lance Rebelein
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    Lance Rebelein

    We’ll said.

    Bob H
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    Bob H

    How did we get to this point?? It’s who we’ve become not what we were! You see the same constitution that allows us the freedom to do everything, our FAITH refrained us from doing everything!! We’re no longer espousing our faith and our founders didn’t write moral law into the constitution, because our faith as a people (nation) refrained us from doing the immoral!!! Now when you’ve people of no faith in office, you get judges and people of power legislating immoral laws on its people!! Remember, we just want gay (insert any initiative) people to not be victimized by… Read more »

    Tony
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    Tony

    You would do your cause a service by making your point without using words like “libs”, “the left”, and, especially, “libtards”. Insulting others does nothing but weaken your position. When you talk about civil war, you make yourself the enemy.
    There are some very valid points to be made supporting the right to keep and bear arms, including MSRs. We as responsible gun owners need to be willing to discuss realistic measures to keep them away from dangerous or irresponsible people.
    For the record, I am a retired infantryman and own several MSRs.

    Richard Revoir
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    Richard Revoir

    Tony , name calling is when you call someone something rude , like calling a person of color the n-word. A Jewish person a name etc. These are wrong , and impolite. Ignorant in fact. Don’t confuse this with the truth. The democrats are the left , as we POTG are the right. One can call me a Right wing nut case , I am not offended , one can also call the liberal party Lib’s , they are just that. These are called abbreviations , not insulting , just factual. Believe me when I tell you , the Lib’s… Read more »

    Jonathan King
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    Jonathan King

    Richard, you may not agree with liberals but they are half the country. Why not try an open a dialog with them and come to a point of understanding. Do you really think that half the country wants to take you guns for some sinister authoritarian agenda? The truth is that the vast majority of people supporting (even extreme) gun control measures just want less violence. They may be mistaken about how to get there but they have good intentions. They need to be educated on the issue. This adversarial rhetoric you adopt is not conducive to reaching understanding. Like… Read more »

    Richard Revoir
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    Richard Revoir

    Why bother , my comments seem to disappear shortly after I make them , go figure. But to the question asked why ……. Because it is my right as an American. Provided by our founding fathers & the blood shed for our constitution.

    Richard Davisson
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    Richard Davisson

    Don’t feel bad. Mine never even showed up!

    JoeUSooner
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    JoeUSooner

    “… responsible gun owners need to be willing to discuss realistic measures…” Nice idea, but… Two problems, Tony. First, both sides must be “willing to discuss.” And that willingness must be in good faith. The political Right is indeed willing, but the political Left (particularly their current leaders) flatly refuses either. Second, the political Left has no concept or understanding of the term “realistic.” Socialists see the “real world” (not as it is, but) merely as an impediment to getting what they want. Thus, Socialists ARE the problem, and they refuse to change their stance, instead demanding that conservatives must… Read more »