Why I “Need” an AR-15
Mr Stokes makes a number of excellent points, and if you're at all curious about the AR-15, why so many Americans love and own them, what possible purpose such weapons can serve, then please do read his article. It's well written, well researched, and goes to the heart of the AR-15's usefulness.
Here's a thoughtful piece by Salena Zito from TribLIVE:
Orlando attack re-exposes the great American divide
Ms Zito makes her share of good points, including the simple question that should be asked of every gun-controlling senator or representative: the Democrats owned Congress in 2009 and 2010. The Republicans did not have enough votes in either chamber to stop them from passing whatever laws they wanted. So why didn't they pass all their gun control laws then?
There have been a raft of articles lately from journalists who have purchased AR-15 sporting rifles in order to make a political point or to demonize the weapon. Well, that didn't work out so well in Chicago-Springfield. From John Lilyea writing for This Ain't Hell:
Chicago journalist can't buy a gun
To consider other topics, it's become commonplace for journalists to demonize not only AR-15s and the Americans who own them, but also veterans, on the grounds of potential mental instability due to the effects of combat. The infamous Iowahawk guts that rationale with a series of surgical slices in this blog post from January 2008:
Bylines of brutality
Finally, I tried to link to this micro-post from the invaluable Prof Glenn Reynolds, the Instapundit, but there seems to be some sort of hangup between his system and mine. I can't read his comments and he can't give me a link. So I shamelessly did the screenshot thing.