While Democrats attempt to ban "military-style assault weapons" like the AR-15, a Rochester Institute of Technology student used that very gun to thwart home invaders and save his roommate’s life. Article from Breitbart:
Christopher Boise heard noises in the basement of his apartment; when he went to investigate, he found two intruders. One of the men trained a gun on him. Boise screamed, which woke his roommate, Raymond, who grabbed his gun bag and took out his AR-15.
One invader opened Raymond’s door only to see the barrel of the gun.
"By the time I had it out and ready, one of the men came at my door, slowly opened it, saw that there was a barrel on the other side and from there backed out," Raymond said.
The men fled the apartment without taking anything. No shots were fired in the confrontation.
"I'm happy he saved my life. I was very thankful he had his (gun)," said Boise.
A few weeks ago, a 15-year old boy used his father’s AR-15 to stop two home invaders when he and his sister were home alone.
While mass murders and massacres like Newton may cost 10s or 20s of lives at one time, guns can save lives, quietly, one or two at a time, and not make a major splash in the media. A crime stopped is a crime that's not likely to be on NBC at 5 PM, or touted by Piers Morgan.
if not millions of crimes annually, some fraction of those were statistically certain to become murders. Probably many more than are killed by long guns in the average year.
Is an AR-15 (or similar scary black gun) essential to this function? Again, in individual cases, it might not be clear (would this intruder have backed off against a snub nose .38 revolver? Maybe, maybe not), but certainly, an AR-15 would be an intimidating weapon to face on the other side of the door.
And, in general, they are poor weapons for the average criminal, since they are not particularly concealable and likely to draw attention in public; the last thing a criminal wants.
And if you only read one (other) pro-gun article, read this one by David Mamet, playwright and ex-liberal.
And no, the chicks with gun pics aren't totally gratuitous. Home self defense is for everyone, not just boys.
The DaleyGator picked this up in their post "DaleyBabe Megan Ratzlaff and other Rule 5 greatness." Also picked up by the Classical Liberal in his Rule 5 post "Pistol Grip Pump." It's Tuesday and Wombat-Socho has his grand weekly Rule 5 post up at "The Other McCain."