“Why would any law-abiding citizen need an AR-15?”

This question has been a favorite talking point of gun control activists in recent months, grating the ears of many lawful owners of the popular semi-automatic rifle.

Never mind that rifles of any kind account for only a fraction of gun deathsevery year, or that some of the worst public mass shootings in American history have taken place with nothing more than handguns.

Never mind that the gun has been readily available to civilians since 1963, and yet has only recently been considered a serious public safety threat worthy of a complete ban.

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