Perhaps the most demonized firearm in America today is also the most popular rifle: the ubiquitous AR-15. Anti-freedom Politicians and activists continue to exploit a dishonest tactic arguably hatched by Pete Shields, former Chairman of what is now the Brady Campaign, in 1976: demonizing and hopefully banning any gun as a target of opportunity as a means of getting a foot in the door to ban them all. In 1990, the Violence Policy Center, decided that so called “assault weapons” would be the focus of demonization for the anti-gun left:
the public’s confusion over fully automatic machine guns versus semi-automatic assault weapons—anything that looks like a machine gun is assumed to be a machine gun.
It matters not that rifles are used in a tiny portion of all crimes, and that AR-15s are used in a miniscule portion of that tiny portion of all crimes, restricting freedom and disarming the law-abiding and innocent is the never-ending goal, the Heller and McDonald decisions recognizing that the Second Amendment makes explicit the individual right to keep and bear arms and applying the Second Amendment to the states be ignored and damned.
Fortunately, President Obama’s most recent attempt to disarm the law-abiding after the Newtown attack failed, and in spectacular manner, but he and his sycophants are still making anti-freedom noises, and the left has always been characterized by Chinese-like patience and a unswerving devotion to the long view of history. If only they keep hammering at the wall of the Second Amendment, they’ll eventually breach it, though it take a century or more.
None of this matters to the committed Progressive who demands to know who needs an AR-15. Who needs “high-capacity” (actually, standard size) magazines? Of course, one could always just a buy a double barreled shotgun, and shoot it into the air or blindly through a door, as Vice President Joe “The Sheriff/Double Barrel” Biden has repeatedly suggested.
Who needs an AR-15? This young boy:
A 15-year old boy used his father’s AR-15 to defend himself and his 12-year old sister against two burglars at their home just north of Houston, Texas.
Their father is a Harris County Precinct 1 deputy constable, and the boy knew what he had to do to keep himself and his sister alive. Around 2:30 PM, two men tried to break in, with one going through the front door and the other in the back.
The boy grabbed the AR-15 and shot at them. The two later showed up at a Tomball hospital. The adult was hit three times and was flown to Memorial Hermann hospital, while the juvenile was taken back to the crime scene.
KHOU TV in Houston noted:
The teenager grabbed his father’s assault rifle and knew what to do with it.
’We don’t try to hide things from our children in law enforcement,’ Lt. Jeffrey Stauber said. ‘That young boy was protecting his sister. He was in fear for his life and her life.
Of course, the rifle was not an “assault rifle.” True assault rifles must be capable of fully automatic fire. The AR-15 the boy used was a semi-automatic version of the military M-4, common throughout America.
The danger posed by these burglars was not uncommon, as a neighbor told KHOU:
Neighbors said burglars had recently struck the two houses next door, including the deputy’s home.
’They stole everything — what they have inside. They already did it one time,’ Rafael Cortez said.
It will likely come as no surprise that the media did not identify the race of the burglars.