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Just a little info on the AR-15 rifle. "AR" stands for Armalite rifle, not automatic rifle, not assault rifle. It was designed in the 1950s as a civilian sporting rifle, and renowned for its accuracy, reliability and ruggedness. It's always confused with the M16 military rifle.

Now, "assault" is an action, not an object. Anything can be an assault weapon. You think banning the AR-15 will fix the problem. Well, isn't a car driving into a crowd an assault weapon?

An AR-15 is usually black, semi-automatic and can hold 30 rounds of ammo. So is a Glock 17, 9mm pistol. This pistol can be hidden under clothing, and can fire at the same rate as the dreaded AR-15. So tell me, which one is more dangerous? They are only as dangerous as the person using them.

To the lady from Hamilton who wrote that the Second Amendment is only for "muskets": Get a grip! You can defend yourself with a musket, but I would choose a more current weapon.

Another question: When a police officer shoots a criminal, it's the police officer's fault, but when a criminal shoots innocent people, it's the gun's fault? Just another example of liberal/left ideological thinking. 

Shawn Wells,

East Missoula

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