The AR Rifles
The AR rifles are a hotly debated topic now. While there is a common misconception that “AR” stands for “Assault Rifle” when in reality it stands for “ArmaLite”. ArmaLite originally manufactured the AR rifle but in 1959 sold their rights to Colt.
I’ve heard a myriad of reasons why people believe these weapons should be banned, including that an AR is not for self-defense. Recently in a Facebook conversation about guns, someone made the comment assault weapons have no uses except for killing people. As a gun-sports enthusiast, her comment flabbergasted me. Many people are misinformed about guns in general, but this comment was one I’d not heard before.
Since I grew up shooting, I guess my viewpoint has always been a little different. My dad took me to the range before I started school. He taught me gun safety and how to shoot. I knew from a very young age that a gun could prove deadly in the wrong, or careless hands, however, I’ve never thought of a gun as strictly a method for taking a life.
For me, guns are something used for sport and self-protection. We have a version of the AR-10 (the DPMS AP4 LR-308). My husband uses it for wild pig hunting, and we use it as a range gun. It’s a great shooting rifle and doesn’t have horrible recoil. When not at the range or on a ranch, we lock the gun in the safe. Our rifle has many uses, but none of them are evil or nefarious.
While it’s true, the AR is a deadly weapon, I can name quite a few other deadly weapons–some of them are guns, but many are not.
I have a good friend who was brutally murdered by a stalker. He stabbed her to death then stabbed himself to death. She ran to the neighbor’s apartment and tried to get help, but her neighbor was too afraid to open the door, so she called the police. By the time the police arrived, my friend was dead. A one-hundred and twenty pound, unarmed woman was no match for a two hundred pound man wielding a knife. What if the neighbor had been armed? Could she have saved my friend?
Mr. Colion Noir has several YouTube videos out. I’ve attached a couple of his videos on the AR rifle. You can find all of his YouTube videos here.