AR-15: Alone and by itself is a simple piece of machinery

Published: Wednesday, November 13, 2013 at 02:34 PM.

I remember as a kid watching cop movies and someone always had an ankle gun that was considered a “throwaway” that was used in case a bad guy didn’t bring his gun to a gun fight. It was usually a .38 special and the numbers were filed off.

Today though, it seems that the AR-15 has become the immediate culprit to any crime. This gun, wrongly named an assault rifle (AR stands for Armalite, after the manufacturer) has become the black sheep of the group. This morning on a local radio program I listened to a Marine who clearly stated some significant facts that seem to be missing from crime scene at LAX that allegedly involved an AR-15.

Oddly enough, he claimed, the rifle was found but the empty shell casings were not. For anyone who has ever had the opportunity to use an AR-15, you know that brass is sent flying, leaving significant proof. His explanation for this was that possibly the law enforcement cleaned them up, thereby disturbing the crime scene. That wouldn’t make much sense, right?

Every time we hear about a crime being committed by a criminal with a gun — it seems to include an AR-15 in the initial report — and is later changed when the facts come out.

Why this poor piece of metal and composite material has become the black sheep is beyond me.

People, please don’t blame the AR-15. Alone and by itself it is a simple piece of machinery. It is used for military and law enforcement, hunting and competitions. It is smooth action with little recoil and designed for people who enjoy firearms. It can be dressed up to be wild with flashlights, lasers and space aged looking grips and stocks or it can be left clean and simple. It has simple components like any other rifle and should be treated with respect. It’s time we take pity on the poor AR-15 for it has gotten a bad rap and doesn’t deserve it.

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