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I work part-time at a gunstore here in Houston, Texas. I get asked one question a lot, why do you want to own an AR-15? What is the purpose of owning an AR-15? What sporting purposes does a AR-15 have?
My only answers to that question are simple...
1. For protecting my home and my family.
2. For hunting and harvesting wild game (wild hogs and deer).
3. For shooting at the gun range, it is fun. You should try it.
I'm not a criminal, I'm not a gang member, I'm not a drug dealer...I'm just a regular American citizen. AR-15 are very accurate and in fact they do have a sporting purpose, there are national matches that are sponsored by sporting good companies and where people compete with match grade competition AR-15's.
Sentiment: Strong Buy
Don't let anyone try to belittle or shame you out of something that you want to do.
It is a free country and you have the right to own a firearm and defend yourself.
YBF lives in a fantasy world. There is never any crime, the economy will never collapse, everyone on wefare and food stamps truely needs it and anyone who does not think like him is a fool.
I own a S&W M&P 9mm full size., and a Mossberg 500 12gauge shot gun.
I have no intent on carrying. Strictly insurance policy if the SHTF.
I have taken NRA weapon safty classes ( with my son)
I would only shoot someone if in my home and if I reasonably assumed that that person was going to use deadly force on me or my family. I would rather be judged by 12 than carried by 6.
That is not a crime, and its not foolish. And nobody, including YBF, can make me think it is.
There are millions of very responsible gun owners. A vast majority I'm sure. All this follows a trend of losing privileges over decades because of bad apples. Amazing how few bad apples it takes to create an uproar. Think back. I'll give you a major tradition that was destroyed by a few bad apples....Halloween. How about buying cold remedies that contain meth cooking ingredients? How about the prescription pill abusers that make it hard for the rest of us to get the prescriptions we really need? How about people who hide bombs in their shoes? You see my point. It's sincerely sad a responsible majority has to suffer from the actions of relatively few, but that is the new order of the world we now live in.
What stops some nutjob from leveling an AR-15 on you in a crowded venue? Someone that picked it up at a gun show with no background checks performed. Or someone that even got it legally because they could pass the superficial background checks. My push is to get guns like those LICENSED. A much more thorough background EXAM that would have to be passed in all phases before a license to own one of these particular types of weapons would be granted. The difficulty in attaining this license should be no less than the requirements for attaining a license to use explosives. But to me the "practicality" of owning an assualt weapon in particular has a much narrower corridor of justification IN TODAYS WORLD.
You are a gang member. You think guns are fun, that makes you part of that gang. There's no need for you to hunt for food, you do it because you like killing things and you like doing it with completely unnecessarily powerful weapons, so you're part of that gang, too. "Sporting" is another word for "playing" which means you consider your guns toys. Toys designed specifically to kill people in quantity at extended range. Check with your psychiatrist, he'll agree with me that you're not right in the head.
It's liberals like yourself "Bestfriend" that are sending this great country in it's downward spiral. As the last several mass shootings have shown their is nowhere in this country where one is safe.
Every responsible, law-abiding American should be encouraged to own a firearm, including assault weapons.
We should have very well enforced regulation, including gun gps tracking and disabling mechanisms. Such mechanisms are easy to circumvent in the event of Americans in large numbers who decide to oppose potential tyranny, but such circumvention by a rogue indivudual can also be valuable as an early warning sign.
Rogue shooters can be controlled without abridging the right and tradition of bearing arms.
The military arts should be part of a standard education.
Ybfitw!!! There you go wasting bandwidth again. From your many rants I gather that you did not grow up in a rural area with hunting and target shooting. It's never too late to start. I happen to be a proud owner of a M-14 with high capacity clips and thousands of rounds of ammo. If you can provide a statement from your local Sheriff attesting to soundness of mind,I will teach you to shoot it safely. If you we're not mybestfriendintheworld I would not make the offer.