In Defense of the AR-15

Project ar15 Sep 09, 2023
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Clarifying the Facts: The AR-15 and the Misconceptions Surrounding It


The AR-15 rifle has long been a topic of debate, with various misconceptions clouding its reputation. It's crucial to address these misunderstandings and separate fact from fiction in order to have an informed and constructive discussion.


Incorrect Terminology And Mischaracterization

First and foremost, let's clear up the terminology. The Ar-15 is a firearm. The term "assault weapon" is indeed a political construct and nothing more. Purposefully portrayed to inappropriately describe the AR-15 as a weapon with an inherent intention. As rightly pointed out by many, "assault" is a verb, an action taken by individuals, not an inherent quality of an inanimate object. The AR-15 is designed to expel projectiles, like any other firearm. The responsibility for how it's used ultimately lies with the end user, not the firearm itself. 


Critics argue that the AR-15 is designed to kill, but this is a misconception. The AR-15, like every firearm, is designed to expel a projectile. The intention behind using the firearm rests with the user. A firearm is a tool, and just like any tool, its usage is determined by the person wielding it. The AR-15's design, accuracy, and modularity make it popular among civilian enthusiasts and sport shooters, not for causing harm.


Referring to the AR-15 as a "weapon of war," is another malicious incoherent attempt to vilify this firearm. Many firearms have been utilized in wartime situations like: the 1911, Glock 17, bolt action rifles and more. Which can all be used to cause harm. Yet none of these other firearms are attacked by such terminology. But again its fundamental nature doesn't change based on how it is used, despite this unfair and despicable mischaracterization. This recurring notion should sound familiar. This same notion is expressed in the ongoing fight for pistol stabilizing braces, which you can read about here Pistol Braces: A Test for Freedom (project-ar15.com).  In whichever manner they are ultimately used, the Ar15s fundamental purpose remains the same: to propel a projectile. 

Some Stats for Perspective

Highlighting the statistic that the AR-15 is used in a relatively low percentage of homicides is crucial. On average, there are 43,375 deaths by firearms per year in America. However 55% of those deaths are suicides, totaling nearly 25,000. Which leaves only about 17-18,000 homicides. Most of which are committed with the use of handguns. According to FBI statistics, only about 1-3% of homicides involve rifles of any kind, including the AR-15. This underscores the fact that the majority of gun-related violence is perpetrated using other types of firearms. And NOT by the MOST POPULAR RIFLE IN AMERICA, the AR-15. Targeting the AR-15 unfairly ignores the larger context of firearm-related incidents. But who is perpetuating these false notions?

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The Media and Politics

Media's role in perpetuating misinformation cannot be overlooked. The use of terms like "assault rifle", "gun violence" and "weapons of war" promote a misleading perception of the firearm's purpose. Guns do not commit acts of violence, people do. This misrepresentation, coupled with the media's less than favorable portrayal of the AR-15, unfairly contributes to the negative stigma surrounding it. 


Also, the concerns about potential bans on the AR-15 deserve careful consideration. Proposals to ban specific firearms often raise constitutional questions and require unrelenting vigilance to thwart. It's crucial to have well-informed discussions that weigh the broader implications of such suggestions against the natural preexisting right of the people to keep and bear arms. 


A Clear and Concise Conversation is Needed

It's essential to separate fact from fiction when discussing the AR-15. The firearm itself is a tool, without intent. Its design, popularity, and usage in a small percentage of homicides should be considered within a broader context. A more nuanced and informed dialogue can help dispel misconceptions, foster understanding, and contribute to an honest conversation about gun rights and the importance of preserving those rights.