General McChrystal on AR-15s — from Morning Joe:
“I spent a career carrying typically either an M16 or an M4 Carbine. An M4 Carbine fires a .223 caliber round which is 5.56 mm at about 3000 feet per second. When it hits a human body, the effects are devastating. It’s designed for that,” McChrystal explained. “That’s what our soldiers ought to carry. I personally don’t think there’s any need for that kind of weaponry on the streets and particularly around the schools in America.”
I would add two things:
- The 2nd Amendment does not guarantee civilians the right to carry any type of weaponry. The “arms” portion of the amendment has already been interpreted to exclude things like rocket launchers, hand grenades, etc.
- No matter how the NRA tries to spin it, the AR-15 is not a sport hunting rifle.
“I served in the military and the M16A2/M4 was the weapon I used for 20 years. It is first and foremost designed as an assault weapon platform, no matter what the spin. A hunter does not need a semi-automatic rifle to hunt, if he does he sucks, and should go play video games. I see more men running around the bush all cammo’d up with assault vests and face paint with tricked out AR’s. These are not hunters but wannabe weekend warriors.”
But the AR-15 is very good at one thing: engaging the enemy at a rapid rate of fire. When someone like Adam Lanza uses it to take out 26 people in a matter of minutes, he’s committing a crime, but he isn’t misusing the rifle. That’s exactly what it was engineered to do.
Here’s a video that illustrates the rate of fire. Note that this AR-15 is semi-auto (i.e. each trigger pull fires a bullet) and not full auto. The NRA claims that since these weapons of mass destruction are semi-auto they are “sport” or “hunting” rifles and not comparable to a fully automatic M-16. This, of course, is utter bullshit.
Now imagine that firepower in a confined classroom or movie theater.