The AR-15 might be the most reviled weapon in our modern world. Every time a shooting occurs, the AR-15 is plastered on the front page of every newspaper as if it had fired itself and killed innocent people, instead of the madmen that carried it. So, let’s get to know the AR-15 a little bit better, because the best defense to stupidity is information.

First off, let’s dispel the idiotic notion that the AR in AR-15 stands for assault rifle. Newsflash: it doesn’t. AR stands for ArmaLite Rifle, the company that originally designed it. That is not a hidden nugget of history, but the media would love for you to believe that it is an “assault” weapon. Any weapon can be an assault weapon if you assault someone with it.  The majority of legal gun owners will not use their legally-registered weapons to commit a crime. They do, however, use their legal weapons for hunting, sport, and protection.

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AR-15s are no longer owned and manufactured by ArmaLite, but instead by the famous Colt brand, which made some modifications to the gun, both for military and civilian use. While we’re on the topic of civilian use, let’s talk about how the AR-15 is a semi-automatic civilian weapon. That’s right. Semi-automatic. You cannot, under any circumstances, hold the trigger of an AR-15 and spray bullets for an indefinite amount of time. If you want to fire one bullet, you pull the trigger. One bullet is fired. If you want to fire again, you must pull the trigger again. I’m really unsure what the liberal media finds so difficult to grasp about this concept. Semi-automatic is not automatic, whether it is a semi-automatic pistol or a semi-automatic AR-15.

Today, AR-15s are one of the most popular guns for civilians to own, and a January 2016 NRA explored why. The AR-15 is extremely customizable, whether that is color, stocks, or barrels.

While we’re at it, let’s dispel that notion that AR-15s have a crazy kickback or cannot be used by us “weak” women. I am a 5’4” 125-pound woman who has skipped arm day every day for the past twenty years. I had no trouble shooting the AR-15, and was certainly not “traumatized” or “triggered” by the event. I was not knocked to the ground by the kickback or otherwise injured while shooting the gun. It should be noted that I was under the guidance of trained professionals at the national NRA range in Virginia. I had never shot a large weapon before. I wanted to learn the right way to use it, as we all should.  The professionals at the NRA range were excellent at making my AR-15 experience a positive one. Don’t let the mainstream media try and convince you this is some sort of two-ton gun that no one but a trained assassin could lift.

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Please, don’t get all of your firearm information from places like MSNBC, Slate, and Salon. Learn from actual professionals who work with the guns in question. This video from Green Light Shooting talks about the AR-15 in detail.

The liberal media will tell you blatant lies about just about anything, and guns are no exception. The next time they start preaching about guns, do your research, present the facts, and prove them wrong. Friends don’t let friends believe everything the media says about firearms. 

Aryssa D
FFL Cabinet Member