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***An AR15 is just a semi-automatic .22 rifle that fires one round every time the trigger is pulled, just like a Glock, Heckler & Koch, Kimber, Sig Sauer, or Smith & Wesson pistol. Because of this, a ban on AR-15s will open the door to a ban on all semi-automatic firearms; rifles and pistols alike. *****
Myth #1: â€œARâ€ Stands for â€œAssault Rifleâ€â€“One of the biggest myths perpetuated by gun controllers is that the â€œARâ€ in AR-15 stands for â€œassault rifle.â€ In fact, it stands for â€œArmalite Rifle,â€ and that is because Armalite was the company that manufactured the rifle, following its design by Eugene Stoner in the 1950s.
Myth #2: AR-15s Are Not for Huntingâ€“This is a popular line among proponents of â€œassault weaponsâ€ bans. As Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) said verbatim just days after the Parkland school shooting, â€œI have hunted all my life. I still hunt with my son. But an AR-15 is not for hunting, itâ€™s for killing.â€ Nelsonâ€™s position is countered by the fact hunting with AR-15s has become so popular that Time magazine ran a column on AR-15 hunters. Moreover, ATF Associate Deputy Director Ronald Turk says AR-15s are so popular for hunting that the ATF should review older studies on the rifle and bring them up to speed.
Myth #3: AR-15s Are Not Good for Self-Defenseâ€“AR-15s are a great rifle for self-defense and home defense, and this is particularly so if they have collapsible or adjustable stocks, which make for a shorter throw as you swing the gun up on target while moving through your home.
Myth #4: AR-15s Are â€œWeapons of Warâ€â€“This myth, uttered again and again by Barack Obama, continues to be promulgated by Democrats at large. The claim is a not-so-subtle suggestion that AR-15s are truly battlefield weapons, but they are not. The battlefield weapon is an M16 and it is fully automatic. This means it will fire an entire magazine full of bullets with one pull of the trigger if the person using the gun keeps the trigger depressed. But an AR-15 is a semiautomatic gun, which means it only fires one round per trigger pull, period.
Myth #5: AR-15s Are â€œKilling Machinesâ€â€“This particular myth goes deeper than it may first appear. Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) is one of many Democrats who describes AR-15s as â€œkilling machines.â€ Moreover, he claims the guns were â€œintentionally designed to kill as many people as efficiently as possible.â€ The image created by both claims is that the AR-15 some heretofore unknown rapidity of fire capability. But in reality, it is just a semi-automatic rifle that fires one round every time the trigger is pulled, just like a Glock, Heckler & Koch, Kimber, Sig Sauer, or Smith & Wesson pistol. Because of this, Murphyâ€™s claims are a slippery slope which use a ban on AR-15s to open the door to a ban on all semi-automatic firearms; rifles and pistols alike.
Myth #6: AR-15s Are the â€œWeapon of Choiceâ€ for Mass Public Attackersâ€“The â€œweapon of choiceâ€ claim is ubiquitous on the left. In the days after Parkland shooting it was made by Rolling Stone, ABC News, and Think Progress, and other publications. But one only has to glance at the weapons used in our nationâ€™s most prominent mass public attacks to recognize this claim as a myth:
Handgun used 17 times, AR-15 used eight times, shotgun used four times, an AK-47 used once. There figures to do not really bolster the claim AR-15s are the â€œweapon of choiceâ€ for mass public attackers.