The AR-15 sometimes called the bushmaster, depending which incarnation from which company you are talking about was originally invented for use by swat and anti- terrorist units and border patrol as a light weight alternative to the military weapons of the seventies such as the m-16 and the SLR 7.62 mm which could weigh as much as 20lbs loaded.
As gang problems arose in cities such as LA and cartels started crossing the border, they had the latest weapons from Europe because money was no object. The police decided they needed to be equally quick, light and fast moving so the “semi” automatic ar-15 was born.
Let’s get one thing straight I am not anti- gun I am all for sane non- criminal people who are not on a terrorist watch list being able to purchase a domestic weapon to hunt, target shoot, or for work or self-protection.
Does it make sense to anyone that a suspected terrorist deemed dangerous enough to be on a no-fly list is still allowed to buy guns?
I have had military training with weapons like the ar-15, my weapon of choice was the Belgian slr 7.62 mm rifle as used by commonwealth military forces up until the early 80’s it was the weapon of Vietnam.
The slr in trained hands has two settings single shot and full auto, full auto can release in a standard clip 20 bullets in about 2 seconds.
As a single shot it was the snipers of the day choice, as without any special sights it was accurate at a thousand yards, over that with sights and a spotter the record was for 1 mile in Vietnam.
These weapons take training, their bullets are designed only to kill, when they enter the body (speaking of the slr) it makes a neat half inch hole on exit there is nothing left from the waste to the shoulder blades at close quarters. They have no use as a hunting weapon, and if you want 7.62mm to bring down big game the domestic equivalent is 3.08 single shot
There is no civilian use for any weapon of war, they taught us in the military a well-placed single shot is deadlier than any spray from full auto you waste ammo and all it is is noise, unless you’re in a closed space with innocent civilians who are not trained then it’s pure slaughter .
You never forget the sound of full auto, or the smoke and the smell of cordite and gunpowder in the air, it gets in your hair, your nostrils and the only thing worse is the blood that smell you never forget.
No one is stealing guns from honest Americans, but if you’re really honest automatic weapons are not for your hunting they’re for your ego.
Psychiatrists who have worked with special forces for decades have shown that less than 1% of 1% of the population even armed with weapons of war have the balls to pull the trigger on another human. So all the talk about well-armed civilians could have fought back is BS
Unless you’re ready to aim at central body mass and pull the trigger and keep squeezing until the threat drops don’t carry a gun, there’s no wild west shooting the gun out of their hand no one is really that good and they can still pull a trigger with the other.
The cry from the NRA IS” good people with a gun could have killed him” Good people don’t have it in them to kill.
Own your hunting rifles, your glock, your shotgun for bird hunting and fowl if you really must but if you need full auto to hunt you have no place hunting.
If we turn down the NRA noise and listen to our own common sense,
A person who is court ordered to live with their mother because they were mentally ill has no place with a gun, yet the boy who slaughtered babies at sandy hook was just such a person,
An American citizen of Afghan heritage who was watched by the FBI for ten months and everyone he knew questioned because he admitted telling coworkers he was Al-Qaida affiliated, and was on the no fly list for a year then again made terroristic comments should not be allowed to buy or own weapons yet he did and passed background checks?
If like my friends in candy kitchen New mexico you’re an upright law abiding honest American who just wants to hunt or have protection go for it, but even they would tell you they don’t want a neighbor on lithium and other mental health drugs carrying an automatic weapon.
If you really want to protect your second amendment rights don’t jump on bandwagons funded by gun manufacturers, stand up for the families of the dead and make theirs a club that receives no new members because you tell the people you vote for
“Here’s our deal. We’ll back a call for common sense and we agree those who hate our country are dangerous enough I don’t want them armed, and if my neighbor is so out of control they take him for mental evaluation he shouldn’t own a gun and if someone did time for a violent felony I don’t want to arm them for their next crime”.
None of that is a “Kenyan Muslim taking my guns” it’s a caring law to stop the madness.
And stop praying for god to intervene even if such a being does exist and he is everything he’s meant to be he would be disgusted by now and have his back turned.