Colt is now the manufacturer of the AR-15 after the original company, ArmaLite had to drop it for financial problems. It is an improvement over the AR-10, and basically it is an M16 Rifle like I learned to use in the US Army Infantry. It has been on the civilian market since 1963, although it was modified for semi-automatic use only.
What is its purpose?
“To kill, drill sergeant.”
That was the answer that I learned. “Remember, the enemy has only one life to give to his country.”
This weapon is dangerous as it is intended to be. You can ratchet it back to semi-automatic, but one person can kill a dozen people in a matter of a minute or two.
Why would people living in a city, or a suburb, or even on a farm need a weapon of such force and power?
“Oh, I use it for hunting.”
Hunting. How many deer can you legally harvest with this gun? Why do you need a weapon that carries so many bullets?
“Oh, its just for recreation.”
Target practice is fun? Practicing killing is fun?
Let’s ask a psychiatrist or psychologist about the composition and profile of people who believe that guns are fun.
The problem with guns in America may not be so much of a mental illness problem as it is of ignorance and bad judgment. With that, America is well equipped, and certified by the National Rifle Association.
“When it comes to preventing gun-related violence, President Barack Obama and the National Rifle Association agree on one key priority: Both call for measures aimed at preventing people with mental illnesses from owning firearms.
In the days after a lone gunman massacred 20 schoolchildren in Newtown, Conn., Obama called for an expansion of mental health services and more stringent background checks for gun buyers to screen out those who may pose a danger. The NRA proposed the creation of a national registry of people with mental illnesses to help limit their ability to purchase guns.
But public health and firearms experts assert that focusing on mental illness is unlikely to achieve a significant reduction in gun violence, because the vast majority of shootings are the handiwork of people who do not fit the profile of those deemed dangerous. Moreover, by shifting the debate away from gun control and toward mental health concerns, proponents run the risk of further stigmatizing mental illness, discouraging those who confront it from seeking professional help.
"Gun violence is a mental health issue only to a very small extent and to a much smaller extent than most people assume," said Paul Appelbaum, a psychiatrist and the director of the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons' Division of Law, Ethics and Psychiatry.