- May 17, 2019
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Police said 10 people were killed, including an officer, after a shooting at a King Soopers grocery store in Boulder, Colorado.
So, if an ar15 ban is adopted, what do we do with the firearms we already own?
I am going to have to nitpick a few things in that piece.How long can we go between news cycles featuring assault rifles?
According to the Gun Violence Archive, in 2023 the answer is barely more than 12 hours. This year there have been 565 mass shootings in the US, including the latest horror in Maine – an average of nearly two a day. Those statistics make American Gun, a brilliant new biography of the AR-15, a particularly powerful and important book.
Written by two fine Wall Street Journal reporters, Cameron McWhirter and Zusha Elinson, the book is packed with characters and plot turns, from Eugene Stoner, the publicity-shy inventor who designed the first AR-15 in the 1950s, to the embrace of the gun by Robert McNamara and John F Kennedy, which led to its disastrous adoption as the chief weapon for army infantrymen in Vietnam.
The design was shaped by a simple military adage: “Whoever shoots the most lead wins.” Every detail of how the weapon went from a “counter-insurgency” tool in south-east Asia in the 1960s to the most popular way to kill American schoolchildren in the 21st century is included in this harrowing narrative.
Stoner worked with aluminum in one of the booming aerospace factories in California and became obsessed with how he could use new materials like plastic to make a lighter, more effective rifle.
He also achieved the “holy grail that gun designers had pursued for generations: how to use the energy released from the exploding gunpowder … to reload the weapon”.
Soon he had a patent for a “gas operated bolt and carrier system” with fewer parts than a conventional rifle, that would make his “smoother to operate and last longer”.……..
Cameron McWhirter and Zusha Elinson provide an indispensable read on the assault rifle used in so many mass shootingswww.theguardian.com
The M16 fires a 223 as opposed to the 308 the M14 fires. It doesn't matter whether or not the M14 fires at the same rate as an M16 when both are on full auto. The M14 is A) too unwieldy on full auto and B) the 308 weighs too much for a rifleman to carry 250 rounds or so around. Ask anyone who was on the M60 what it's like carrying 7.62 x .51 ammo?..............................
The AR-15 design wasn't shaped by the old adage "whoever shoots the most lead wins". If that was the case, its max rate of fire would be higher than the M14 or M1921 but it isn't. .................................
The M16 fires a 223 as opposed to the 308 the M14 fires. It doesn't matter whether or not the M14 fires at the same rate as an M16 when both are on full auto. The M14 is A) too unwieldy on full auto and B) the 308 weighs too much for a rifleman to carry 250 rounds or so around. Ask anyone who was on the M60 what it's like carrying 7.62 x .51 ammo?
Anyway, the AR15 needs to be banned.
If they hadn't cared about how much lead the M16 could pour out then they wouldn't have had a full auto switch.I don't have to ask, I've carried one.
As for the rest, still, the AR-15 design wasn't shaped by the desire to fire more lead, but fire it more effectively, among other things.