The Nra Claims The Ar 15 Is Useful For Hunting And Home Defense

1099 Words Nov 15th, 2016 5 Pages
In Justin Peters’ editorial “The NRA Claims the AR-15 Is Useful for Hunting and Home Defense. Not Really,” he starts off by summarizing three incidents of an active shooter taking multiple lives using an AR-15. Directly after the quick look back in time, he writes about the reactions of many people suggesting the ban of the AR-15 and other “assault weapons” with the addition of a rebuttal from the gun advocates explaining that the AR-15 is no more dangerous than any other gun. There really is no difference in an AR-15 and any other semi-automatic rifle other than a dressed up tactical stock. Any other semi-automatic rifle can shoot just as fast and a lot of companies have made larger capacity magazines for numerous other rifles, one of which is the Ruger 10/22 which was made for small game hunting. He quotes David Keene, president of the NRA saying that “critics neither understand the nature of the firearms they would ban, their popularity, or legitimate uses,” and brings to the forefront that the AR-15 has very valid and practical uses such as target shooting, hunting, and home defense. Keene also argued that “law-abiding firearms owners shouldn’t be penalized because of homicidal loners who use semi-automatics like the AR-15 for criminal purposes.” Peters then goes on to tell the audience that he generally considers himself a Second Amendment supporter, but finds Keene’s arguments “disingenuous.” Peters explains that he finds it odd to cite hunting and home defense as…

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