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One of the most common misconceptions about the all too politicized AR-15 is that "AR" in the title stands for "assault rifle."

As any knowledgable gun owner will tell you the "AR" actually stands for ArmaLite Rifle, named after the company that developed the firearm.

The AR-15 is actually a gas-powered semiautomatic rifle, with no automatic fire option; meaning one pull of the trigger corresponds with one bullet fired.

Despite this easily Googled fact, liberals in congress and the media have decided to demonize the AR-15 as the perfect example of the kind of "assault rifle" that should be banned in America.

Distorting the facts to suit political desires isn't a new trick from the big wigs on capital hill, but the things currently being said about the AR-15 in specific are off-base it is laughable.

For example gun critics have long decried the over powered nature of the AR-15. The truth, however, is that the AR-15 does not even possess the stopping power of most common hunting rifles. In fact it is illegal to use the AR-15 to hunt certain game due to the rifle's lack of power which would simply hurt, or injure larger animals.

Most hunters opt for a .300 or .308 caliber rifle . The AR-15, on the other hand, only fires a .223 caliber rounds.

There are 3 criteria that need to be satisfied to be classified as an assault rifle.

1. An assault rifle has selective fire. This means a user can switch between automatic and semiautomatic fire. An AR-15 cannot ever fire automatically.


2. An assault rifle fires an intermediate cartridge. This is less powerful than a standard full battle rifle cartridge. The AR-15 does fire a .223 intermediate cartridge. The M16 for example fires and intermediate cartridge.

3. A detachable magazine. Almost all modern rifles including the AR-15, M4 and M16 have detachable magazines.

What the demonization of the AR-15 comes down to is simple cosmetics. Despite being a gas-powered semiautomatic rifle, the AR-15 does closely resemble the M16 and M4 rifles in pure appearance.

They have pointy little front ends, a scope the shooter-guy can look out of, and a removable magazine that's sort of curvy. This is the extent of the argument on which 2nd amendment opposers have mounted an entire anti-AR-15 campaign. "It looks bad."

A U.S. Marine firing an M4:

A civilian holding an AR-15:

Functionally, it is a perfectly reasonable civilian firearm that combines the functionality of assault rifles, with a caliber, and fire rate that is reasonable for domestic use.

In the wake of the Orlando attack Democrat Congressman Alan Grayson said the following which was incorrect:

“If [Matteen] was not able to buy a weapon that shoots off 700 rounds in a minute, a lot of those people would still be alive. That’s exactly right. If somebody like him had nothing worse to deal with than a Glock pistol…he might have killed three or four people and not 50. It’s way too easy to kill people in America today and we have to think long and hard about what to do about that.”

The AR-15 cannot fire 700 rounds in a single minute. It's impossible.

The CNN host that Grayson made the false statement too was more than happy to agree with him.

CNN’s Erin Burnett said “You’re right about that. Thank you very much.”

h/t: IJR

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