So, in doing some research for my series on “Why You Need an AR-15 With a 30-Round Magazine” I came across this rather insightful video from prolific author and gun-rights advocate Alan Korwin.
Now I know Alan, I’ve interviewed him several times (I plan to chat with him once again at the NRA show in April). He’s a great guy. And in addition to being the author of some 18 books, the majority of which are on gun laws, he is the purveyor of GunLaws.com and the publisher of Bloomfield Press. He’s a busy guy.
In the video above, Alan addresses the question I’ve attempted to answer in Part I and Part II of my series. What Alan does quite cleverly is attack the premise of the question, explaining that in America the possession of private property isn’t based on needs and therefore framing a question in that manner is an affront to the principles of personal freedom and individual choice that our Constitution protects and preserves.
Korwin invokes the expression, popularized by Karl Marx, “From each according to his ability, to each according to his need,” to make his point that when we begin to examine rights and freedoms in terms of needs we are starting down the very slippery slope to communism.
Instead of asking, “Why does anyone need an AR-15,” Korwin says that reporters ought to ask, “Why do millions of people, including law enforcement, want an AR-15?” To which he finally answers, It’s a great gun!
I totally agree with Krowin’s reasoning on why the question is flawed, but I still think that a cogent case can be made that one needs an AR-15, which is what I hope I did in Part I and Part II of the series.
Anyways, more food for thought.