The waters of America’s gun violence debacle run much deeper than its AR-15 problem to be sure. The bulk of the day-to-day butchery is shouldered with aplomb by the lowly handgun. Still, the AR-15’s use as an instrument of mass slaughter strikes a particularly offensive chord. We have a weapon here whose primary use is in the extermination of humans. Whose military value was recognized immediately despite initial shortcomings that would have buried lesser specimens. That prized value was, and to this day remains, its par excellence in dispatching battlefield undesirables. Quickly, smoothly, violently. While more than adept in a defensive capacity, the AR-15 unquestionably earns its keep coming in at you for the kill.
The National Rifle Association’s (NRA) attitude toward the AR-15 is one of unfettered access for all. This right being protected by the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution. No surprise there. Clearly though, the Second Amendment is open to interpretation. Civilians elsewise would wield all manner of hand grenades, mortars, rocket launchers and mines. The Second Amendment states, “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.”. The journey from this statement to the abject bedlam of today highlights our ineptitude and failure as a nation to come to terms with this seemingly well intentioned piece of legislature. More