If there’s one weapon that has become the weapon of choice in nearly all the mass shootings in America, it’s the AR-15. It’s light, easy to use, doesn’t have much kick-back, and can cause tremendous damage in mere seconds, especially with the use of an extended clip.
It’s a military-grade assault rifle. Sure, it’s semi-automatic, but with it’s ease of use, can fire as fast as your finger can pull the trigger.
If you don’t believe me, maybe you’ll listen to the family of the rifle’s inventor, Eugene Stoner.
Stoner’s family spoke to NBC News and told them exactly what the AR-15 was meant for:
“Our father, Eugene Stoner, designed the AR-15 and subsequent M-16 as a military weapon to give our soldiers an advantage over the AK-47. He died long before any mass shootings occurred. But, we do think he would have been horrified and sickened as anyone, if not more by these events.”
His family also explained that Stoner never owned his own invention, and thus never thought it necessary to keep the AR-15 around the house for personal defense.
They explained further:
“After many conversations with him, we feel his intent was that he designed it as a military rifle… focused on making the most efficient and superior rifle possible for the military.”
The military, not civilians to pretend to be vigilante cowboys.
There is absolutely no reason civilians should be allowed to purchase this weapon. It’s design is not for civilian use. If one feels the need to absolutely use one, maybe join the military where it’s design was intended. OR if you must, because of some weird fetish or something, rent one at a shooting range.
However, there is absolutely no reason, whatsoever, for this gun to be in the hands of every-day, average American citizens. It’s only use is to kill or practice killing. That’s it. It’s not a hunting rifle, because if you need an AR-15 to hunt, you really shouldn’t be hunting in the first place, because you’re really, really bad at it. Besides the fact that the ammo would decimate your prey.
Enough is enough. It’s time to get these guns off the streets. Whether that means a ban on current sales, or some form of buy back, that is yet to be determined, but something needs to be done, and it needs to be done now.
Watch NBC News’ report here:
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