Like fire extinguishers and first-aid kits, no one needs an AR-15 until suddenly they need an AR-15. And since no one can tell what the future holds, it’s better to have one and not need it then need it and not have it.
Country music star Sturgill Simpson can probably testify to this maxim following two separate home invasions by the same perp in a week’s span. Simpson told Joe Rogan, on Rogan’s podcast Monday, that he used an “assault rife” to confront the man on what would be his last foray into the Simpson residence.
“I was looking at his head through a red dot like a video game, I’ll never forget that image of the guy thinking like, “I’m about to die,’” said Simpson, as he crept down the steps from the second floor toward the intruder, who was busy jacking the musician’s headphones when he suddenly realized he wasn’t alone in the house.
“What are we doing here, man,” said Simpson, coldly.
Seeing the rifle, which was probably a civilian AR-pattern firearm and not a select-fire weapon or actual “assault rifle” as Simpson described it, the man bolted out the back door and ran straight through the shuttered back gate, smashing it at its hinges.
“I’m holding a f*cking assault rifle, and he’s not a threat to me,” said Simpson, explaining how he got the drop on the dude.
“But if I put one through his dome, which I have every legal right to do right now there’s going to be news vans on my lawn, this is gonna be on your f*cking Wikipedia page,” he continued, referencing his reluctance to use lethal force against the burglar.
And then Simpson had some pretty wild interactions with local law enforcement. I won’t spoil ’em for ya. When you have some time, give this one a watch.