Second Amendment to the US Constitution

 A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed. 

What is an Assault Rifle?

An assault rifle is a rifle that has an automatic fire option.  Meaning, you pull the trigger and hold it back and the weapon will continue to fire automatically until the magazine is empty.

Is an AR-15 an Assault Rifle?

No.  The AR-15 looks like the military M-16, but it does not have an automatic fire option.  It is a small caliber, semi-automatic rifle.  It does have a large capacity magazine with 30 or 40 round options.  But an AR-15, like any other rifle or pistol can be used for self defense just as easily as it can be used to take innocent lives. In fact, guns and rifles are used for self defense many times more than the taking of innocent lives.

A History Lesson

Both Stalin of Russia and Hitler of Germany made it illegal for citizens to own firearms.  It makes it a lot easier to control people if they don't have guns to protect themselves.  Registration precedes confiscation.  Just ask Canada!

Concealed Carry Permits

Most states now offer concealed carry permits.  Attend the training and pay the fee and you will receive a permit allowing you to carry a concealed weapon for self defense.  Statistically, concealed weapons carriers commit less than 1% of gun-related crimes.  Criminals don't generally get the states' permission to carry a weapon.

More Gun Laws

After every mass shooting, the left cries out for more and stricter gun laws.  Back ground checks are already in place in every state, as they should be.  But writing more gun laws that only make it difficult for law-abiding citizens to obtain guns don't do anything to stop criminals and crazies from shooting people.  News flash!  Criminals don't obey the laws!  They never have.  They never will.  That's why they're called criminals!