Fairness Gone Wild

This has to be one of the most absurd stories I’ve seen. Now we’re supposed to be fair to home invaders? Please!

from the Blaze:

Grandfather of Oklahoma teen killed by homeowner in burglary says AR-15 made for ‘unfair’ fight

Three Oklahoma teenagers were killed last week when they broke into a house and were met by a homeowner with an AR-15. Now the grandfather of one of the teenagers is speaking out about his grandson’s death.

According to KTUL-TV, Leroy Schumacher, grandfather of 17-year-old Jacob Redfearn, believes the death of Redfearn was unjustified because the homeowner’s AR-15 gave him an unfair advantage over the three burglars. read more

Time for a Lesson on the Assault Rifle

by: Brent Smith at the Common Constitutionalist

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Why is this important? Why do we need to know anything about “assault” rifles?

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It’s important to be able to combat liberal hysteria. Knowledge is power, and if you’re the one in the room who knows this stuff, the rest will be forced to shut up and listen, or leave, lest they reveal their ignorance. There is nothing more important in discussions like these than to arm oneself with indisputable facts.

So what’s an assault rifle? Truth be told, there is no such thing. It’s a made up term that has been adopted, yet essentially has no meaning, except for terms assigned to it for the express purpose of scaring people. After all – an “assault” rifle could only be used to “assault” the innocent – never for defense. See how this works?

Well, if this is the case, why is the AR-15 thusly named? What does the AR of AR-15 stand for? Most claim it of course stands for “Assault Rifle” or Automatic Rifle – right? Well NO, no is does not, because, as I stated, “assault” rifle is an imagined term, and “automatic” rifle should be self-explanatory. If not, I’ll get to it.

The AR-15 stands for ArmaLite Rifle, model 15. ArmaLite is the company that originated the AR-15 all the way back in the 1950s. But ArmaLite makes a variety of other rifles like the AR-10, AR-30, 50, and the M-15. These are also black and scary, pistol grip rifles. read more

An Assault Rifle is just too Scary to Own

by: Brent Smith at the Common Constitutionalist

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A report out of Southern California describes a “gun enthusiast” who purposely destroyed his AR-15 rifle. It is further explained that he did so, “to do his part to put a stop to mass shootings.”

He took a sledge hammer to it.

“I can’t do it,” Chad Vachter said. “I can’t have something in my house that so easily could become a part of another situation like that, and I’m not going to be desensitized to it. I refuse to.”

“Vachter, of Riverside County, first noticed his feelings toward the weapon changing after the San Bernardino, Calif., attack that killed 14 people at the Inland Regional Center in 2015. His son was being treated for autism there,” KMIR reports.

While I understand why he feels a connection toward the Center and likely some of the slain staff there – what does he mean? Has Vachter become unstable? Is he on the verge of a mental break-down, to the point that he fears becoming the next mass-shooter? read more

The Smart AR

Trained sharpshooters may soon be a thing of the past after a gun that aims itself was unveiled during last week’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

TrackingPoint, an Austin, Texas-based gun manufacturer took the wraps off a semi-automatic gun with five times the accuracy of most experienced shooters.

The nearly-$10,000 500 Series AR Smart Rifle tags targets within a 500-yard range and automatically shoots them – even if they’re moving as fast as 10 miles per hour, according to NBC News.

No need for any experience: Just tag the target and let the 500 Series AR Smart Rifle do all the work

Loony-Compliant AR-15

The American ingenuity often trumpeted by politicians has helped at least one gun maker skirt laws aimed at making it harder to buy assault rifles.

Connecticut-based Stag Arms has made slight modifications to assault rifles banned in neighboring New York after the horrific 2012 Sandy Hook school shooting just over half an hour away from where the firearms are made.

The ‘New York-compliant’ assault rifle is able to be sold in the state after changing the grip and losing a few other features, according to the firearm maker’s website.

The 'compliant' AR-15: It has an angled grip, in place of a pistol grip, no grenade launcher and a crowned barrel that prohibits a silencer attachment

 

Stag Arms openly advertises the different modifications made to multiple models of AR-15 that allow them to be sold in a total of nine states where bans are in place.

‘This just shows that the gun prohibition lobby uses symbolic gestures over substance to push their anti-gun rights agenda. Banning guns based on cosmetic features proves that point,’ Second Amendment Foundation President Bill Gottlieb told Fox News.

New York law defines an assault weapon as any semi-automatic firearm that can accept a magazine in combination with one or more of almost a dozen other features including a pistol grip, barrel shroud, forward grip or grenade or rocket launcher, according to the New York Times.

Stag makes the guns in New Britain, CT, less than 40 miles from Newtown, where the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting occurred.

Non-compliant: This AR-15 has an adjustable stock (the part that touches the shooter's shoulder), pistol grip, barrel shroud (to keep the shooter from being burned during continuous shooting) and a threaded barrel with an attachment already on the end