Ever since the Sandy Hook shooting gun owners have been having to justify their reasons for owning an AR-15. Personally, I think the only reason that needs to be given is “because I want one.”
I feel I should not have to “justify” my choices in which firearms I wish to own. As a law abiding citizen there is no chance my AR is going to be used in a crime. And as a law abiding citizen I seen no reason to explain myself to anyone.
Free men do not explain themselves, we do as we wish when we wish.
Servants, slaves and criminals explain themselves.
With that being said, I would like to provide my opinion as to why people own an AR-15. I am in no way justifying my ownership of an AR-15, simply because rights do not have to be justified. I am giving reasons why I choose to own an AR-15.
The AR-15 is Cool
It is awesome looking, it feels good in my hand. Handling an AR is like patting my wife on her butt, it provides me with a sense of manly satisfaction.
Owing an AR-15 is like owning a Ford Mustang or a Chevy Camaro. Just because I own it does not mean I am going to use it in a dangerous manner. I just want to show it off so others can admire it.
Some people take pride in their cars, some take pride in their coin or stamp collections, some people take pride in their lawn,, I take pride in my AR-15.
The AR-15 is Fun to Shoot
With the right buffer and gas system the AR-15 has almost no recoil. Even my 16 year old daughter shoots the AR-15 with no problem.
The first time my wife shot her Palmetto State Armory M4 she said the recoil was less than what she expected.
The AR-15 is an easy way to introduce someone to the shooting sports without excessive recoil. The rifle is light, easy to handle, easy to reload,,, it is just an overall pleasant experience to shoot.
What Purpose Does the AR-15 Serve
After showing the rifle off and making people drool over it, and after using the AR-15 to introduce people to shooting sports, the AR-15 has some real life purposes.
Predator control – For those of us who live in rural areas, few other rifles are as well suited for predator control then the AR-15. The low recoil allows for fast follow up shots.
So what doe this mean? I means when some coyotes are after your cows, sheep, goats, or even chickens, I am going to have a better chance killing the predator and protecting my livestock with an AR-15 than say a lever action rifle.
Bobcat in the chicken yard, no problem.
Two, three, four,,, coyotes chasing a cow, no problem.
I keep a 30 round magazine in my AR-15, in which I keep 20 rounds loaded. Shame on anything that tries to kill my chickens and rabbits.
Police are a long way off – I imagine the majority of the people who oppose ownership of an AR-15 have probably never been worried about a police officer being far away.
Some of us do not live in the concrete jungle. Rather we live in rural areas where it might take a police officer 15, 20, 30,, maybe even 45 minutes to arrive. The mixture of county, private and logging dirt roads are like a maze, which further complicates the issue.
Some strung out crack head beating on your door; go ahead and call the police, then hope the door does not give way within the next 30 minutes or so. Good luck with that.
The world has changed, so should our tools – Since the 1960s and 1970s the world has changed. No longer do the majority of people sleep with their windows open, no more do the majority of people leave their doors unlocked, no more do we allow our kids to play outside without keeping a close eye on them.
How long do we go between news reports of someone being killed, home invasion, rape, child come up missing,,, or some other violent crime?
The government has lost the war on drugs. The use of bath salts and synthetic cannabis has grown to epidemic proportions, while the government does almost nothing.
Gangs have taken over the inner cities, gang violence is rampant, gun violence is rampant,,, and the government is powerless to do anything about it. Gang crime is not just isolated to the cities, as rural areas who are not accustomed to organized crime make easy pickings.
As the world changes, so should our ability to protect our property and our family. Law abiding citizens should have access to modern day defensive weapons to protect ourselves.
The United States is at war – We are at war with inner city gangs, we are at war with drugs, and we are at war with those that would do us harm.
Does it make sense to disarm law abiding citizens during times of war? No, it does not make sense.
Lets use the Boston Bombings as an example. How many people in Boston wished they had an AR-15 to protect their family? When the police were having a shootout, how many people cowered in their homes, and wished they had an AR-15? Radical Islam is no longer something that is “over there.” It is here and now and it has to be dealt with. If two men can strike fear into a nation, what could 10, 15, 20,,, or even 30 men do?
How long do inner city gangs have to terrorize our communities before the government does something? Oh, I forgot, the government is powerless to stop gang warfare.
Iran and North Korea are marching towards nuclear war. But yet we would turn a blind eye to the fact that our civil defenses may be overwhelmed after a nuclear strike?
The government can not protect you – After Hurricane Sandy relief efforts were overwhelmed, just like what happened with Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Ike, Hurricane Rita and Hurricane Andrew. But the government would have us believe they will take care of and protect us? If the government can protect the people, then what happened during the riots after the Rodney King verdict? What happens every time there is an inner city gang shooting?
If the government can protect the people, why did crime rates go up in Houston Texas after Hurricane Katrina? Crime rates went up because the government can not protect the people.
Why are inner city gangs a problem? Because the government can not stop them.
Why is meth, crack and heroin a problem? Because the government can not stop the drug problem.
Why I Own an AR-15
Because they are fun to shoot, effective, easy for my wife and daughter to shoot, and they make one hell of an impression when you pull one out and tell that trouble maker to get off your property.