How many times have you seen a gun control debate in which someone chimes in, "Nobody needs an AR-15. What are you going to do, hunt deer with it?" It's been a busy year for gun control advocates, passing draconian law after draconian law.
Sometimes it's part of a heartfelt essay, like this, which is just another essay where a man bloviates about his views on high-velocity weapons.
There is no place for high-velocity weaponry in the hands of the citizenry. No number of lengthy oratories by National Rifle Association leadership and pandering politicians will ever justify the deaths this nation has already endured. "Every Marine a Rifleman" is an adage for Marines, not for civilians. We are no longer under the oppressive rule of a foreign king, and it is folly to think that by keeping civilians from such weapons that we risk our republic. We risk nothing more than offending the bloated gun lobby in Washington. But by doing nothing, we continue to risk our children's lives. (source)
The author of that piece feels that since a pistol isn't a match for an AR-15, nobody but police and military should be allowed to have one.
But that's exactly why we should be able to own guns like AR-15s.
A disabled gentleman in Summerfield, Florida demonstrated exactly why one needs an AR-15 last Wednesday when he handily dealt with four home invaders who thought he was a soft target.
Deputies got the call at 8:21 p.m. Wednesday and went to the home at 14999 SE 32nd Court Road in response to a report of shots fired.
Sgt. Micah Moore found Doyle with a gunshot wound and a shotgun next to him on the ground. Deputies entered the home and found Jackson dead on the dining room floor. Detectives said he was wearing a "Jason" mask on top of his head, gloves on both hands, jeans and a black shirt.
Near Jackson's head was a semi-automatic pistol, detectives said.
Continuing into the home, deputies found the 61-year-old homeowner in a bedroom.
He had an AR-15 rifle on his legs and was bleeding from a gunshot wound to the stomach, according to sheriff's officials. Doyle and the homeowner were transported to Ocala Regional Medical Center, where Doyle died.