So, now the AR-15 is once more back in the news after the latest deadly shooting in Florida. I heard someone call a local radio station and say you shouldn’t be able to buy an assault rifle. It is already illegal in this country to buy an assault rifle. The AR-15 is not an assault rifle. It is a glorified hunting rifle dressed up with cosmetic features to make it look more bad a-, but it has the same fire power as a hunting rifle.
If AR-15’s were illegal to purchase, then the shooter in Florida could have walked into that school with a semi-automatic firearm. He could have had two or three spare magazines each loaded with 18 rounds. He could have caused the exact same deadly damage without the use of an AR-15, and the firearm would be easier to conceal than an AR-15 rifle. The Fort Hood shooter fired more than 100 rounds in about 7 minutes with a firearm. The Virginia Tech shooter also fired more than a hundred rounds with a firearm and killed more than 30 students. AR-15s were not used in those shootings.
That’s not to say that this latest shooting doesn’t highlight other problems to be addressed. I could support a law that says you have to be 21 or older to purchase any rifle or firearm. Teenagers in high school are not emotionally developed to handle such responsibility. Now, realizing that there are many hunters under the age of 21, especially in rural America, I would leave room to say, if hunting, they have to be with a licensed adult. And none of this even begins to address all the warnings that were ignored, even going back to the Boston Marathon bombing. One has to wonder if the FBI is spread a little too thin looking for Russians in Trump’s orbit.