Dem Pushing Gun Control Has No Idea What ‘AR’ Stands For

U.S. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) has no idea what the “AR” in AR-15 stands for. Nadler sponsored the sweeping gun-control package that the House just passed. (Photo: Rep. Reschenthal/Youtube)

By Larry Keane

The U.S. House of Representatives is controlled by Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). She’s constantly being pushed further and further to the Left by progressive and antigun members of her caucus who are not interested in finding common ground on firearm safety proposals.

If the rush to place blame on law-abiding gun owners for the tragedies in Buffalo, New York and Uvalde, Texas, didn’t give away their cynical intentions, the public House committee hearings this week on proposed gun control bills did. None of the proposals would have stopped the reprehensible acts and wouldn’t stop future incidents. It was all for show.

Know What You’re Selling

The U.S. House Committee on Rules held a markup hearing to debate the massive gun control package Speaker Pelosi is pushing through for a vote. The package includes proposals favored by gun control groups, including a so-called “assault weapons” ban. During the committee hearing, U.S. Rep. Guy Reschenthaler (R-Pa.) questioned U.S. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), testifying in favor of the bill package, about some basics.

Rep. Reschenthal served in the U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General’s Corps (JAG) before Congress and the congressman was deferential in his questioning. “Chairman Nadler – I don’t want to put you on the spot but do you know what the ‘AR’ in ‘AR-15’ stands for?”

“It stands for ‘assault rifle,’” the New York Democrat responded. “That’s not it…Mr. Massie, do you know what it stands for?” Rep. Reschenthaler asked, turning to hearing witness U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.). “ArmaLite – the original manufacturer.”

“Yeah exactly and that’s unfortunate because it’s the first manufacturer of the platform in I think 1963 and it’s different than the M-16 platform. I know I was in the Navy, I shot M-16s – actually M-4s.”

“But it’s still an assault rifle,” Chairman Nadler interrupted. Shaking his head, Rep. Reschenthaler stated, “I would disagree with that.”

More Americans are familiar with the rifle in question than ever and understand more about them than Chairman Nadler. AR-15-style semiautomatic rifles, or Modern Sporting Rifles (MSRs), are the most popular selling centerfire semiautomatic rifles in the country. The most recent industry estimate shows over 20 million are in circulation. The rifle operates off the same one-trigger pull-one-round-fired technology that is utilized in shotguns and handguns for well over a century. More homicides are committed in America each year using knives, clubs and fists combined than rifles of any kind, let alone from MSRs, according to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reports.

Standing Up for Rights

Not to be outdone, U.S. House Oversight Committee Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) held a gun control hearing of her own. She’s currently locked in a fierce incumbent-on-incumbent primary election battle with Rep. Nadler. The two Manhattanites are trying their hardest to out-gun-control one another. Rep. Maloney’s committee hearing involved survivors of criminal violence, including those involved in the recent tragedies in Buffalo, New York, and Uvalde, Texas. Testimony was also provided by The D.C. Project’s Lucretia Hughes. Hughes is a Second Amendment advocate whose 19-year-old son was murdered by a criminal. She testified about the need for people – especially women – to be able to defend themselves and their families against criminals that won’t follow any of the laws being considered by Rep. Maloney’s committee.

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Hughes told the committee there are laws already on the books that need to be enforced and that, “education is the key to safety, not ineffective legislation.”

“My son’s death resulted from a criminal with an evil heart and a justice system failing to hold him accountable for laws he had already broken,” Hughes said. “The laws being discussed today are already implemented in cities across the country. We have decades of evidence proving they do not work.”

Rep. Maloney remained adamant that pushing more gun control on law-abiding Americans. Measures include a so-called “assault weapons” ban, magazine capacity restrictions, enacting an age-based gun ban, expanding “red flag” laws while not addressing concerns about protecting Constitutional Due Process rights for the accused and implementing universal background checks.

President Joe Biden delivered a national address from The White House last week that was largely seen as unhelpful. Meanwhile in the U.S. Senate, senators are taking a deliberate, measured approach to find common ground on proposals that can garner bipartisan support while also addressing concerns that could prevent future tragedies.

Larry Keane is Senior Vice President of Government and Public Affairs and General Counsel for the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the firearms industry trade association.

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  • jrkmt1 June 21, 2022, 1:44 am

    Yes, ArmaLite was the original manufacturer of the AR15 but it was designed in 1958 and marketed in 1959 to sportsmen as a hunting and target rifle.

    • Jerry June 25, 2022, 9:02 pm

      It was a tajedown survival rifle. Made on-soec, for an european airliner , fir their transpolar flight crews, in 308, as the armalite model ten,they said too big, so, just off of designing the ar-14 (its real, mr biden, but its a shotgun) they shrunk the ar10 to 221 fireball, but that was too small or something, then the usaf said, hey, survival gun!, but too big (they went with a 22 hornet/410 o/u), but thought it had promise as a gate guard piece. The army thought it showed promise, since their draftys couldnt carry a Real Rifle, asked for selective fire, forward assist, more power, and the story goes from there. Real Army guys said it wasent enough rifle, but they dident wanta give up their m14s…

  • Stan d. Upnow June 18, 2022, 3:00 am

    It’s all political theater to show that they’re “doing something.” Nevermind that the thoughtless idiots’ proposals will Not solve the issue of criminal misuse of firearms in the least. Instead of going after the hardware, they should be going after the perps. Get rid of the criminals and you mostly get rid of the problem.
    I love the Left’s stupid argument that if we ban all the guns, nobody will commit suicide. “Think of how many lives we could save,” they burble. These are the same ones that are 100% for abortion. Let that sink-in.

  • Jerry June 17, 2022, 11:49 am

    Curious how voters think their representative is better than the rest, who are all bums and crooks. Alternately, theres the old joke, “he may be a bum, but he’s OUR bum!”

  • Ger June 17, 2022, 11:07 am

    The left doesn’t care about anyone. All they want is complete authority over the American People. These BS “gun control” hearings and laws are just a smokescreen designed to dull The People’s senses so they’ll also be apathetic when real “control” statutes are discussed and enacted. Don’t fall for it – it’s a big show.

  • Willie-O June 15, 2022, 6:14 am

    They are the same idiots that think all of these various semi-automatic MSR’s (“assault-rifles” to them) are the same full-auto versions used by the military. They can be shown various examples of commercially available models – some with wooden components and others with polymer – they will invariably identify the ones with black polymer as evil and inherently more dangerous. The reality of course is that there is absolutely ZERO difference between any of the models being compared – they all fire the same ammunition at the same rate. The ONLY difference being wood vs. black polymer. Moral to the story: if you know nothing about which you speak, keep your mouth shut. This will never happen of course because these idiot politicians love to hear themselves pontificate about anything, whether they have any accurate knowledge about the subject matter at hand or not.

    • Jerry June 17, 2022, 12:02 pm

      Pontificate! Youse forgot bloviate, obfuscate, and fabricate and prevaricate! All of which they use to assign glory, or blame, to their causes or percieved enemys. Opposing Facts and memories are frequently fungible or faulty or false or fiction. Or outright lies, even.

  • Abnormal June 11, 2022, 6:54 pm

    What I would like to know is how a$$holes like this get where they are. That just blows up all logic.

    • Hondo June 17, 2022, 9:16 am

      Because other assholes vote them in.

    • Stan d. Upnow June 18, 2022, 3:06 am

      The gullible lead by the self-serving incompetents to achieve a counter-productive end.

    • Jerry June 25, 2022, 9:13 pm

      Because pie-in-the-sky promises, a chicken in every pot, a car in every garage, from 100 years ago, add to that legalised drugs, free late third term abortions, refunded college loans, no-i.d. voting, banned guns, emptyed prisons, no bail, burned banned books and bibles, and cancelled rightwinger radicals. Oh the places youll go, the things you can do, when the man you elected writes big checks for you!

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