Democratic Lawmaker: ‘No One Uses an AR-15 to Protect their Families Against an Intruder’

Illinois state Rep. Bob Morgan (D) doesn’t believe that law-abiding citizens use modern sporting rifles for self-defense. 

“No one uses an AR-15 to protect their families against an intruder,” Morgan wrote on Twitter last week.   

“Assault weapons like the ones we saw mow down our friends on the 4th, or recently, East Garfield Park, aren’t used for protection, they’re designed for one purpose: to kill as many people as quickly as possible,” he continued. 

Rep. Morgan is wrong, of course.  Americans do, indeed, use modern sporting rifles to protect their homes and their families. 

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Users on Twitter were quick to point to numerous stories, some documented by mainstream media, where good guys used AR- and AK-pattern firearms for home defense.  

Here are just a few examples: 

It doesn’t appear that Rep. Morgan has retracted his statement nor has he responded to those who replied on Twitter. Maybe because acknowledging the truth would undermine his political agenda.

Morgan’s actively pushing a bill he’s sponsored known as House Bill 5855. It would ban so-called “assault weapons” and “high-capacity magazines” (any magazine over 10 rounds) as well as bump stocks and other devices that increase the rate of fire of a semiautomatic weapon. 

Per the bill, citizens currently in possession of modern sporting rifles would be allowed to keep them but they’d be forced to register them with the state police at a cost of $25 per firearm.   

HB 5855 would also prohibit the issuance of Firearm Owner’s Identification (FOID) cards to adults under 21.  Adults 18, 19, and 20 years of age would essentially lose their 2A rights.

A House committee has already held several hearings on HB 5855. When state lawmakers return from holiday recesses they’re expected to take it up again.

But even if Morgan succeeds and ultimately gets his bill through the Legislature, gun-rights groups will be ready with lawsuits.

“I’m here to tell you that the gun owners are tired of being blamed for every madman, every criminal, and every other depraved act that 2.5 million gun owners didn’t do,” former NRA lobbyist Todd Vandermyde told MyJournalCourier.

“And we’re not here to negotiate. I’m here to tell you that if House Bill 5855 or anything remotely like it passes, we will see you in court,” he added.

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About the author: S.H. Blannelberry is the News Editor of GunsAmerica.

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  • troop Emonds January 3, 2023, 10:49 am

    MS-13 gangs being dealt with along boarder and need AR-15 semi-auto guns to defend themselves. Want to ban assault weapons try enforcing the existing laws about banning illegal entry into the U.S.. I conceal carry now every where I go, because you idiot demowhinnies do not enforce laws on the books. Why is it you woke idiots want to murder and genocide the innocent unborn, but want to stop good people from defending themselves when you create more and more criminals? Dems are blood thirsty criminal creators. Go to Red China, Russia, Mexico where they have banned all guns so only the criminals have them not to mention the evil empires they represent. You woke Democrats go around creating criminals. You ban my existing weapons and magazines you have created another criminal. Enforce the laws you have already created. Also go get a job I’m tired of voting for people who are not solving our problems.

  • paul I'll call you what I want/1st Amendment December 31, 2022, 2:29 pm

    Whatever is closest will be used no matter what it is!

  • Doug Stead, December 31, 2022, 8:39 am

    To all my African American friends, and the video above is proof, you must protect and defend your 2A constitutional rights as you are for the most part in the thick of the criminal war zones in this country. Unless you want to go back to the pre-Jim Crow era, vote these Democrat clowns out of office because this is where they want to send you.

  • Bill Clay December 30, 2022, 9:10 pm

    Someone should just give this jerk a third eye and then we all can just call it a day.

  • Safe December 30, 2022, 3:36 pm

    Home defense duo: Kimver 45 ACP and Polytect AK clone

  • Curtis Haby December 30, 2022, 9:29 am

    You can F around and find out

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