My wife and I had a discussion today and she asked me why on earth a normal citizen would need an assault rifle. Got to admit I was taken back. I really thought she understood.
Her comment was why would I or anyone else need a rifle that could shoot hundreds of shots in just a few seconds? I was honestly flabbergasted with her misunderstanding. She totally believed AR-15s and other "assault rifles" were fully automatic! And after talking a lot more about it, it became clear to me that there are a ton of people out there that, out of fear and poor biased news reporting think assault weapons are something super-synister.
I explained to Connie that the "assault rifles" that the media talks about are really semi automatic weapons. Much like the .22 caliber pistols that we shoot frequently. Pull the trigger one time and one shot goes off. They are not fully automatic rifles. She thought that if you held the trigger pulled it would just keep shooting! At first she didn't believe me. She said she's seen in the news how assault weapons can shoot hundreds of rounds in just seconds. At that point it became clear to me that if Connie had a misunderstanding then there must be a huge misunderstanding in the general public.
Connie's next question was "Well why would anyone need any weapon that powerful?" She went on to say how she could understand how the military would need something that powerful but why would a normal citizen?
OK… Admit it! This is another failure on my part!
I ask her if she remembered shooting the lever action rifle that we have? I told her that that rifle was significantly more powerful than the "assault rifles" the media is talking about. I explained to Connie that in the world of high-powered rifles a .223 rifle is near the bottom of the range in terms of power. And that there were many, many many rifles that are way more powerful then the .223.
She was flabbergasted! But I finally convinced her that this was true.
Her next question was "Why don't most people know this?"
The answer is I have no idea but the media has so distorted this concept of the terror of these so called "assault rifles" that the average person just has no idea! They think these are evil! Something only the military might need.
All I can do is to ask my friends who are not familiar with shooting rifles such as these please is don't jump to conclusions. The news media is honestly the worst place in the world to get information. Period.
AR-15 . . . a so called assault rifle
Mini-14 . . . totally equal to the AR-15 but doesn't look as "tactical"
Lever Action Rifle . . . significantly more powerful caliber than the other two but looks "normal."