In the wake of a shooting at a Planned Parenthood center in Colorado, president Barack Hussein Obama called yet again for gun bans.
“This is not normal. We can’t let it become normal. If we truly care about this — if we’re going to offer up our thoughts and prayers again, for God knows how many times, with a truly clean conscience — then we have to do something about the easy accessibility of weapons of war on our streets to people who have no business wielding them. Period. Enough is enough,” said Obama.
At the time of writing this, the type of gun the crazed shooter Robert Dear used in the attack was not made public, though authorities said it was a “long gun,” which means it could have been any number of firearms: hunting rifle, shotgun, modern sporting rifle, etc. Nevertheless, Obama referred to it both as a “weapon of war” and an “assault weapon” in his statement.
“Weapon of war” and “assault weapon,” ah yes, the hallmark language of the anti-gunner. We’ve heard these words uttered a million times before from Obama, the Clintons, Feinstein, Bloomberg, Schumer, you know, the usual suspects. It’s important to recognize what they’re doing when they use them. They’re lying — or at the very least they’re misleading the non-gun owning public in an attempt to dupe them into supporting unconstitutional gun bans.
An “assault weapon” is a made-up term by anti-gunners that perverts the traditional definition of “assault rifle,” a rifle with select fire or full auto capabilities. By “assault weapon,” the gun grabbers are typically referring to a semiautomatic rifle with a detachable magazine that has one or more of the following features: barrel shroud, pistol grip, collapsable stock, forward grip, among others. As we know, these — as the industry calls them — “modern sporting rifles” are widely popular and commonly owned. Despite the menacing name, “assault weapons” are not evil or scary or more dangerous than any other traditional firearm that shares their caliber. And conventionally speaking, they’re not “weapons of war.”
A weapon of war is an assault rifle! Not an “assault weapon,” if you want to use the gun-grabber terminology. It is not a semi-automatic, modern sporting rifle. A weapon of war is an M16. Not an AR-15! When Obama says there is easy access to “weapons of war” he is lying. True weapons of war, which are intentionally designed for combat and have full auto capabilities, are heavily regulated by the National Firearms Act and prohibitively expensive. Consequently, most “weapons of war” available to the public end up in the hands of wealthy collectors. Weapons of war are not on the streets nor are they easy to get. That’s the reality.
There is another point to be made, though, about modern sporting rifles and how often they are used in the perpetration of a crime. While the White House narrative suggests these “assault weapons” are public enemy number one, the reality is that they are very rarely used in deadly shootings. In fact, rifles of any make or model are rarely used in to commit crimes. Here is what researcher John Lott Jr. had to say not only the frequency with which rifles are used in crimes but what happened to the murder rate following the expiration of the Clinton-era ban on “modern sporting rifles.”
“Since the Federal Assault Weapons Ban expired in September 2004, murder and overall violent-crime rates have fallen. In 2003, the last full year before the law expired, the U.S. murder rate was 5.7 per 100,000 people, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Uniform Crime Report. By 2011, the murder rate fell to 4.7 per 100,000 people. One should also bear in mind that just 2.6% of all murders are committed using any type of rifle,” wrote Lott in a Wall Street Journal article in 2013.
In other words, banning black rifles had no effect on the murder rate! What’s more, the widespread availability of modern sporting rifles on the consumer market did not increase the murder rate! Given this empirical evidence, any reasonable individual would conclude that modern sporting rifles are not a threat to public safety. Moreover, modern sporting rifles are not the evil scary monster that Obama and his gun-control cohorts make them out to be.
So, what we have on our hands is a president that is lying to us. Obama is attempting to intimidate and mislead the public via his anti-gun rhetoric. He wants Joe public to believe that “weapons of war” are flooding the streets of American cities, and that crazy individuals have no problem obtaining them. He wants Joe public to believe that modern sporting rifles are a menace to society. He wants Joe public to believe that if we were to ban these rifles it would somehow make a difference. Sadly, and despite the fact that Obama is wrong on all accounts, his efforts are paying dividends.
A 2014 Rasmussen poll found that 59 percent of respondents favored a ban on “assault weapons.” That means that roughly six out of 10 Americans believe this “assault weapons” and “weapons of war” nonsense. It goes without saying, but we have to double down on our efforts to get the facts out there. We have to continue to educate and enlighten non-gun owners as to the lies that are coming out of Washington. If we don’t, if we fail to teach folks that modern sporting rifles are purposefully designed for civilian use, then we will lose our right to keep and bear them. Bottom line, if things don’t change, the gun-banners will win.
Below is a list of facts that the National Shooting Sports Foundation has assembled about modern sporting rifles. It’s good to have this handy, especially when you know that you’re going to have an opportunity to preach the gospel of guns to a non-believer. Continue to spread the word. Go forth and enlighten!
- AR-15-platform rifles are among the most popular firearms being sold. They are today’s modern sporting rifle.
- The AR in “AR-15” rifle stands for ArmaLite rifle, after the company that developed it in the 1950s. “AR” does NOT stand for “assault rifle” or “automatic rifle.”
- AR-15-style rifles are NOT “assault weapons” or “assault rifles.” An assault rifle is fully automatic — a machine gun. Automatic firearms have been severely restricted from civilian ownership since 1934.
- If someone calls an AR-15-style rifle an “assault weapon,” he or she either supports banning these firearms or does not understand their function and sporting use, or both. Please correct them. “Assault weapon” is a political term created by California anti-gun legislators to ban some semi-automatic rifles there in the 1980s.
- AR-15-style rifles look like military rifles, such as the M-16, but function like other semi-automatic civilian sporting firearms, firing only one round with each pull of the trigger.
- Versions of modern sporting rifles are legal to own in all 50 states, provided the purchaser passes the mandatory FBI background check required for all retail firearm purchasers.
- Since the 19th century, civilian sporting rifles have evolved from their military predecessors. The modern sporting rifle simply follows that tradition.
- These rifles’ accuracy, reliability, ruggedness and versatility serve target shooters and hunters well. They are true all-weather firearms.
- Chamberings include .22, .223 (5.56 x 45mm), 6.8 SPC, .308, .450 Bushmaster and about a dozen others. Upper receivers for pistol calibers such as 9 mm, .40, and .45 are available. There are even .410 shotgun versions.
- These rifles are used for many different types of hunting, from varmint to big game. And they’re used for target shooting in the national matches.
- AR-15-style rifles are no more powerful than other hunting rifles of the same caliber and in most cases are chambered in calibers less powerful than common big-game hunting cartridges like the 30-06 Springfield and .300 Win. Mag.
- The AR-15 platform is modular. Owners like being able to affix different “uppers” (the barrel and chamber) to the “lower” (the grip, stock).
- And, they are a lot of fun to shoot!