Friday, July 20, 2012

Why TF does anyone need to own an AR-15? WHY?

The usual disclosure: I am a victim of gun violence. Apparently, James Holmes had a number of weapons in his car when he was arrested. These included a handgun, a shotgun and an AR-15 which is presumed to have created the carnage in the Aurora, Colorado movie theater.

The AR-15 is known as the "black rifle." It is the semi-automatic version of the M16 assault rifle used in the Vietnam war. Even as a semi-automatic, the weapon is capable of jam-free rapid fire. An available 100 round magazine can be discharged in 30 seconds or less. Smaller magazines can be replaced in seconds. In England and other countries, one must demonstrate an "extraordinary need" to possess a weapon as lethal as the AR-15.

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