Anti-gunners are at it again. They practically lit up with joy when they first head of the school shooting in Florida. Yet another chance for them to attempt a grab at our gats. As usual, the left is focusing their anti-gunnery on the AR-15. Like this trauma surgeon who tried to use ballistics to claim the AR-15 and the 5.56 cartridge are, wait for it, “designed to kill things efficiently.”
It was made for the military, to allow members of the armed forces to better dispatch multiple enemies in short order; in the hands of civilians, it not only clearly serves the same purpose for some individuals, but it’s unclear what other purpose it could serve, given how and why it was made.
Um, the AR-15 is no different than any other semi-automatic rifle.
A rifle/cartridge’s original purpose is irrelevant. The .30-06 is a very popular hunting round. Its original purpose was sending overly-ambitious krauts to meet their maker. I know of many a hunter who would argue the 5.56/.223 makes for a dandy small-game cartridge.
The 9mm handgun is generally regarded as an effective weapon; its bullet travels at 1,200 feet per second and delivers a kinetic energy of 400 foot pounds. By comparison, the standard AR-15 bullet travels at 3,251 feet per second and delivers 1300 foot pounds.
Those numbers sound bad if you don’t know any better. Unfortunately for anti-gunners, the interwebs exist.
The AR-15 is, by design, easier to shoot accurately and rapidly than a a typical hunting rifle because it mitigates recoil.
He’s not entirely wrong here. An AR’s recoil is low enough to allow just about anyone to partake of its wonders. Provided, of course, the shooter’s not a soy-ingesting leftist weakling. In which case, “PTSD” can ensue.
What Dr. Grab-em-all doesn’t realize is every round is there to take out its target efficiently. From the .22lr you’d use to merc a squirrel to the .458 Winchester Magnum you’d use for taking out targets rivaled in size only by Michael Moore. One shell of buckshot delivers multiple 9mm-sized pellets to its target all at once. In the ammo world, the 5.56 really isn’t all that impressive.
To his credit, this doctor at knows at least a little bit about the boomsticks. His claims against the AR are better than the usual leftist argument of “just look at it.” But, his semi-knowledge of blasters doesn’t make him any less wrong.
Guns are weapons. Weapons are meant to do harm. Which is why they fire projectiles, not tickles. The problem we should all have is not with the weapon itself but upon the person wishing to do harm against innocent people. Why is this hard?