This is a question that has been asked a lot since the Sandy Hook school shooting, and I have a simple, common sense answer to share with you today.
First though, let’s be clear. The guns that are being talked about, like the Bushmaster AR-15 allegedly used in the Connecticut school shooting, are NOT assault rifles. I used that erroneous term in the title in the hopes of this post finding people who are uneducated on the topic. If you think an AR-15 is an assault rifle, or worse, an “assault weapon”, please read this excellent article by Dustin Ellermann, where he explains the differences.
So from here on out we will use the correct terminology. The government wants to ban semiautomatic rifles like the AR-15. Those of us who are dedicated to preserving liberty and the Second Amendment, vehemently disagree. So the question is inevitably asked – why do you need
an assault rifle a semiautomatic rifle like the AR-15?
There are many different reasons for owning a semiautomatic rifle, none of which are relevant honestly. Nowhere in the Second Amendment does it say that we need to justify a need in order to keep and bear arms, but I’ll play along anyways.
My reason is this – semiautomatic rifles like the AR-15 are the most effective self-defense tools that we have today, that are both readily available to civilians and affordable for most people. When something else comes along that is more effective at putting down bad guys, that is readily available and affordable, well then I’m getting one of those instead.
So you see it’s really just that simple – because there isn’t anything better.