Assault Weapons


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After the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, the anti-gun lobby and their allies in the media once again vilified the AR-15 and other so-called assault weapons as "weapons of war" and "machine guns" whose only purpose was to murder and maim.

In reality, so-called assault weapons are a popular choice among hunters and competitors alike.

At the 2012 National Trophy Rifle Matches, all of the 1,300+ competitors used a semi-automatic rifle that the anti-gun lobby calls an assault weapon.

based on an estimate by the National Shooting Sports Foundation, at least 3.3 million AR-15 rifles were sold in the United States between 1986 and 2009.

While gun prohibitionists portray the AR-15 as a paramilitary weapon owned only by a lunatic fringe, this so-called assault weapon is a modern musket—the default rifle with which law-abiding Americans exercise their right to keep and bear arms.

The AR-15 is particularly favored for its modularity, accuracy, light weight, and low recoil—attributes that make it ideal not only for shooting sports but also armed self-defense.

As such, it is the epitome of what America's founders sought to protect when they wrote the Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States.



Hiddenheart101 Hiddenheart101
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1 Response Jan 16, 2013

Hurray! Thank you for writing such a thoughtful and well stated piece. I am so tired of the anti-gun crowd and the mainstream media pushing their agenda. You refer to these weapons quite paramilitary. The AR-15 is not a machine gun, and it's not even a military weapon. However, to the uneducated, it looks, the anti-gun crowd gives it a scary name..."assault weapon."

And to your point, it is exactly the intent that our founders had when they drafted the 2nd Amendment. They gave us the right to bear arms. Arms. Not muskets, not knives, not swords, not clubs, nor pointy sticks. People all too frequently assume the term "arms" equates to fire arms exclusively. It does not. The founders were wise enough to realize this and intentionally left the wording somewhat ambiguous. The spirit of the 2nd Amendment was that we have the right to defend ourselves. The musket is antiquated by today's standard. 200 years from now, technological advancements in weaponary will likely render the AR-15 obsolete for self defense. If our country should continue to survive, I wonder how the People will view the 2nd Amendment in the future.