There are some basic issues with placing an age restriction on the purchase of semi-automatic rifles. There is now a push at the Federal level to raise the age to 21. The reason that dog won’t hunt has to do with teaching young adults how to hunt and then denying them the use of that rifle. The AR-15 is not now nor has it ever been an assault rifle. if you do not know the difference, stop reading this and go educate yourself before continuing…….
As Written and Reported By Taylor Millard for Hot Air:
The big “thought balloon” being considered by several people, and endorsed by President Donald Trump, is a new age restriction on semi-automatic rifles. AP has already provided a roundup of the idea, while also positing it was Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump who are really pushing the President to act. It’s understandable why people see the AR-15 as almost akin to Tolkien’s “One Ring” or Thor’s Mjölnir, especially if their opinion is only based on how the rifle looks, which is similar to an M16 or an M4. Most people see the rifles and go, “Oh noes! Can’t have that!” then cue up the creepy music from Doom.
There are a few problems with this notion, the first being the fact both rifles operate differently. The M16 and M4’s are select-fire weapons, meaning they can fire as either a semi-automatic, burst, or fully automatic (depending on the variant), while the AR-15 is just a semi-automatic. One person asked me incredulously, “What do you mean the AR-15 is just semi-automatic?” when I explained the difference. They still believed no one should own an AR-15, but at least they now know the difference between the AR-15 and the others. That’s a step in the right direction, as far as I’m concerned, because they learned something they didn’t know beforehand. Baby steps….
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