I opened up my daily reads this morning and found this great post by Sebastian at Shall Not Be Questioned on the very same topic of why the AR-15 is so popular. I especially liked his closing point:
I think we rest on pretty firm ground to argue that firearms should be easy for novices to use. Unless you’re a seasoned competitive shooter, most gun owners, most police, and most people in the military are novices. They can exercise a base level of competence and safety when running their firearms, but Annie Oakley they are not. We should not be banning semi-automatic rifles, which truly aren’t especially more deadly than other semi-automatic rifles, just because they are easy for novices to use. This gets back to the base argument of gun control vs. gun rights: should arms belong only to the special elite, or is it a birthright of all citizens?Read the entire post. It ticks off several easy to understand reasons you can share with people who ask why we use an AR-15 without sounding like a gun geek.
If Hillary wins this election, there will be no judicially enforceable Second Amendment of any meaning. That’s not hyperbole, it’s what’s going to happen. I also am very skeptical that losing three national elections in a row is going to make a lot of GOP and Dem politicians start whispering among themselves that NRA and the gun vote isn’t such the big deal they think they are.This is one more illustration of why we must do everything we can to defeat Hillary Clinton this fall.
Resolution #3 would not create harsher punishments for the criminals who abuse firearms or prevent further tragedies from occurring. Instead, Resolution #3 simply seeks to demonize firearms and those who own them, while providing a foot in the door to drum up support for an anti-gun political agenda in Loudoun.As originally proposed, the resolution mentioned the Moms Demand Bloomberg group. The Loudoun Times reported yesterday however that after the resolution was condemned by the Loudoun County Republican Committee, the chair of the board removed the reference to the anti-gun group:
Randall on Monday told the Times-Mirror she was willing to alter the resolution to essentially “de-politicize” the proposal. She said she removed MDA and the Brady group after a Republican board colleague said he couldn't support the original resolution because of the political nature of the organizations.
“I still think we need to recognize that gun violence happens,” Randall said. “We need to have the discussion.”
The new resolution still recognizes National Gun Violence Awareness Day and lists statistics about shootings and gun-related deaths, but it doesn't include the Moms Demand Action group. The new proposal also incorporates the name of Naomi Howell, a Leesburg woman who was shot and killed earlier this year.Who wants to bet that those "statistics" were provided by Bloomberg's group. We all know how accurate those are. If you live in Loudoun and can attend tonight's meeting, please do so and make you voice heard against this proposal.
Another issue of importance to gun owners is a proposed change to the county's noise ordinance. While current shooting ranges are exempt from any change, there are no exceptions in the proposed amendments for shooting on private property or for discharge of a firearm during hunting, which can still be done on portions of Loudoun County. Gun owners should make their voices heard and urge the Board to include exemptions for target practice and hunting on private property.
If you would like to speak at the meeting, please call the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors at (703) 777-0200 and sign up to speak. The meeting will be held at 1 Harrison Street, S.E., Board Room, First Floor, Government Center, Leesburg, Virginia.
Update: The resolution died on a 6-3 vote.
Some people are larger than life. They are rare. Even more rare are children whose accomplishments would make any adult proud. Alexis Welch of western Kentucky is one such kid. If a writer used Alexis as a book character, most of the readers would have accused them of being unrealistic – nobody is that multitalented, at least in the mundane world where most people live. And yet, Alexis is quite real and keeps getting more impressive by the day. Alexis started shooting at age five. Her grandfather Tryce “PaPa” Welch had already raised one competitor, his daughter Stephanie who became a professional motorcycle racer. Her career was cut short by an injury after a very promising start. Unlike her mother, Alexis had little interest in riding dirt bikes, but a keen desire to shoot guns. The competitive aspects of marksmanship were a mystery to Tryce, so he educated himself and started training Alexis.According to the Gun Digest article, this little shooter overcame being born deaf and she lost her shooting coach as her grandfather recently passed away. That hasn't stopped her though as she has returned to competition and regularly competes against shooters twice her age.
I recommend reading both articles linked above because this kid is something else. She has participated in NSSF Rimfire Challenge, USPSA and multi-gun competitions. Alexis also won the Indiana State Steel Challenge Champion Ladies 12 and under open category. She's a well rounded kid too as she also enjoys playing soccer and softball, sings, plays music and practices gymnastics. As the email Lu forwarded said shooters like these are the future of the shooting sports.