When Facts Don’t Match The Rhetoric.

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You hear it all the time: the AR-15 rifle is a gun whose only function is to kill during wars. It is not good for home defense. No one would ever need a magazine that holds more than 10 rounds. Buy a shotgun instead for defense. It is the rhetoric from the left and so called “gun grabbers” (they are often the same group) that deny one thing: facts.

In a case where real world facts meets rhetoric, the winner was the real world facts.

GLEN ST. MARY, Fla – Three men say they were asleep inside a mobile home in Glen St. Mary about 4 a.m. Sunday when they heard a voice outside yell “Sheriff’s Office!” before the front door burst open.

In stormed a masked gunman who fired off a single round before two of the men inside, one armed with an AR-15 rifle and the other with a handgun, emerged from two bedrooms and opened fire.

Gunfire ripped into the masked gunman and two other intruders, who crumpled to the floor with multiple gunshot wounds.

Those details surfaced Tuesday when the Baker County Sheriff’s Office released an arrest report linked to this weekend’s home invasion turned deadly triple shooting.

Five people are charged in the case. Investigators suspect the home invasion escalated from an ongoing feud between two groups that was stoked by social media threats.

The victims told deputies they acted in self-defense when they turned their guns on the intruders, with one of them estimating he fired over 30 rounds from an AR-15 before the threat was over.

Afterward, the victims retreated to another part of the home before they dialed 911, according to the report. None of them was hurt during the shooting.

The same cannot be said for the intruders, several of whom were inside a vehicle deputies intercepted as it sped away from the mobile home off County Road 125.

One of them, Corey Lauramore, died of gunshot wounds to the head. An unidentified 16-year-old remains hospitalized, and a third suspect, William Lauramore, was treated and released to police. (emphasis ours)

So much for the idea that the AR-15 is not a good home defense weapon and so much for the idea that only a 10 round magazine is needed at any time.

The fact of the matter is that the AR-15 is popular because it is so customizable. It is also accurate and can accommodate various types and sizes of shooters. You can take a stock AR-15 and design it to fit your needs and your desires. That may be why the left hates it so much. The left hates the idea that people can choose and that people have the right to self-defense.

Let’s face it: as much as we hate the idea that people need weapons for self defense and wish that we could all just get along, the fact is that criminals don’t want to get along. They want your stuff, your home, your money and in some cases, your very safety and live (and the lives of your family.)

We are no experts on weapons but here’s a couple of facts that should blow holes in those people who claim the civilian version of the AR-15 is the same thing as the military version of the AR-15.

The AR in AR-15 actually stands for ArmaLite Rifle, the company which designed and developed the first AR. In 1959, ArmaLite sold the rights to Colt, which continued to carry on the “AR” name. Colt modified the rifle, most notably by relocating the charging handle from under the carrying handle to the rear of the receiver. This redesigned rifle was marketed and adopted by the United States military as the fully automatic M16 rifle. Finding success in all of the ways the platform could be used, Colt developed a semi-automatic civilian version, better known as the AR-15. While the AR-15 and M16 are nearly identical in external appearance, they are internally different. The hammer and trigger mechanisms are designed differently, and the bolt carrier and internal lower receiver of the semi-automatic versions are milled differently, so that the firing mechanisms are not interchangeable. The AR-15 can only switch between safe and fire functions.

There is a vast difference between fully automatic and semi-automatic firearms. In order to fire a semi-automatic firearm, you must pull and release the trigger after each shot. You cannot hold the trigger for rapid fire. Semi-automatic firearms are functionally no different on any platform, whether it be a pistol, rifle or shotgun. Manufacturing of automatic firearms for the general public has been tightly regulated for 80 years and fully-automatic firearms have not been manufactured for the general public at all since the Hughes Amendment to the Firearms Owners Protection Act became law in 1986. (emphasis ours)

This means that contrary to the claims and rhetoric of some, the civilian version of the AR-15 is not the same thing as the military version and doesn’t share parts with the military version.

In short, the civilian version is not even close the military version.

That won’t stop people from claiming the two are the same because they look the same. Using their logic, the Ford Pinto and an F1 race car are the same because they are both cars and have four wheels and an engine. That makes them the same thing, doesn’t it?

We don’t expect facts to change the minds of ignorant people. We really don’t. People would rather cling to their wrong beliefs rather than change and admit they were mistaken.

Yet their devotion to lies and lack of facts won’t change the truth which is what we all should be seeking.

One Response to “When Facts Don’t Match The Rhetoric.”

  1. Charlie Foxtrot says:

    Just this week, two men stopped five armed home-invaders through the use of an AR-15.

    What the gun-grabber won’t discuss is the types of people that are committing the vast majority of the crimes and murders. Often they’re enabled by the Left’s own policies, as was the murderer in Parkland, FL.

    On that day, 15 million AR-15s hurt no one. One man, well known to school and Sheriff’s authorities as a threat, but unrestrained and unhelped in part by the Obama-era PROMISE program, was allowed to rampage. One vs 15 million: Tell me where the facts actually lay.