Carlson Commentary: What is an assault rifle?

      The US Senate is considering a bill to ban 150 types of weapons, including the AR-15, America's most popular rifle, which is called a "Military style assault weapon".

      What exactly is a Military Style Assault Weapon? The key word here is "style". The AR- 15, is basically a hunting rifle that looks like a military weapon, but doesn't function like one. It's a replica. Real automatic military assault weapons can't be sold to the public.

      But hasn't the AR-15 been used in several mass murders? Yes, sometimes the killer used an assault weapon, and sometimes, like Virginia Tech and the the Gabby Giffords shooting, he used a pistol. High-powered hunting rifles have also been used.

      Banning the AR-15 would literally mean banning a weapon for appearances sake. Not exactly an enlightened way to solve the problem of random mass murder..


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