During the first assault weapon debate, it was the AK that was the real demon. That was the first gun I bought, which I did solely because there were certain types of people telling me I shouldn’t. It was an act of defiance. I hardly shoot either of my AKs, because they just aren’t as ergonomically satisfying to me as the AR platform. It’s funny, then, that even NBS News and the New York Times are forced to acknowledge the rifle’s popularity. Though with this kind of nonsense:
On one level, what is happening here and elsewhere simply reflects supply and demand. The gun industry has spent decades stoking demand for the AR-15 and rifles like it. Now, after the mass killings in Aurora, Colo., and Newtown, President Obama wants to reduce the supply.
This is, of course, quite humorous to people who know this issue in any detail. The industry did not embrace the movement toward ARs. They had to be dragged kicking and screaming. Ask anyone with close ties to the industry, like Michael Bane. Not because they hated black guns, or bought into the gun control movement’s nonsense, but the industry is very traditional and risk averse.
Journalists just assume this stuff is true, and print it as truth, but the truth is that the gun culture changed first, and then the gun culture changed the industry. The industry did not change the gun culture. When is the left going to recognize that this is a movement composed of millions of actual people? Thinking people. People who are often smarter than the journalists who write this crap.
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