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The Real Reasons Why California Leftists Are Terrified Of The AR-15

June 11, 2021 36 Comments

By Brandon Smith

This past week a US District judge in California struck down the state’s 30 year ban on high capacity semi-automatic rifles which leftists label “assault weapons”. The judge called the ban unconstitutional (which it is). In response, the progressive media has lost their collective minds, screeching in horror at the idea of AR-15 rifles being legal within the borders of their carefully manicured socialist Utopia state. Their most commonly expressed reaction seems to be fear.

Fear is rarely a rational thing. When someone operates based on fear they tend to make terrible decisions and support oppressive causes and laws. Fear leads to an obsession with control. Fearful people also tend to look for large mobs of other terrified people so they can feel safe and secure and anonymous. They want to be able to act impulsively on their fears without having to face consequences for it later.

Leftists are driven primarily by two factors: Narcissism, and yes, fear. I’ve discussed their narcissism at great length in past articles; now I think we should delve into their fear.

The most common leftist retort to the question “Why are you so afraid of the AR-15?” will usually be a snort of indignant disbelief followed by the words: “Because it’s a military weapon designed to kill a lot of people quickly…idiot!”

But this is not an argument, it is an expression of irrational fear. Why are they, as individuals, afraid of the AR-15? What are the chances that they will EVER be faced with a person intent on killing them with an AR-15? And, why do they believe that disarming innocent law abiding Americans will somehow save them from their paranoia?

Let’s examine the first issue of statistical probability; how many people are actually killed by AR-15s each year? Not many according to the FBI, which does not track the stats on specific rifles, but does track the stats on all rifles together. And, as it turns out, only around 6% of all gun deaths involve rifles in the US each year.

How much of that 6% involves the use of military grade rifles like the AR-15? It’s impossible to say, but even if it was half, or 3% of all gun related crimes, that would still mean you have FAR more of a chance of being murdered by a knife or blunt object than an AR. By extension, Rifles overall are dwarfed by handgun murders, so, again, why are leftists so afraid of the AR-15?

What about mass shootings? It seems like the AR-15 is a favorite among mass shooters because of it’s “efficiency”, so is this reason enough to be fearful? According to the New York Times own analysis, the AR-15 was used to kill 173 people in mass shootings in the US from 2007 to 2017. Meaning around 17 homicides per year over a decade can be attributed to the rifle. Again, the AR is dwarfed by almost all other weapons in homicide including knives, even when accounting for mass shootings.

With the sheer number of military grade weapons in the hands of civilians in the US there should be mass homicides everywhere you look if you take the common position of the typical progressive gun grabber. But, this is not the case. In fact, if you want to increase your chances of being killed by a gun, move to a major Democrat run city like Chicago, New York or Philadelphia. In Chicago, there were 4033 shootings and 784 homicides, predominantly in black neighborhoods and primarily with handguns.

So, statistically, access to AR-15s does not increase gun homicides. But what about living in a black neighborhood in leftist run Chicago under some of the strictest gun laws in the country? Yes, your chances of being shot are MUCH higher (just not by an AR-15).

Since the math does not add up in favor of the leftists, perhaps we should examine other factors that might be driving them to focus on the AR in particular. Let’s talk about “precedence”…

Look at it this way – States like California are a petri dish, a testing ground for the future that leftists want for the entire country. There is an old saying that “As goes California, so goes the US”, and this is because California is often where most experimental legislation is pushed; legislation that violates the boundaries of what the constitution allows. Sometimes it’s New York or New Jersey or some other blue state, but most of the time CA is where unconstitutional precedents are set. Its massive population and large number of electoral votes make it a perfect target for conditioning the wider public to further restrictions on their freedoms.

This explains some of the fear the media is showing regarding the latest federal court decision on military grade weapons like the AR. Political elites see California as their own little kingdom with their own special laws, and they plan to eventually spread those laws across America using California as the model. But, if such laws are overturned as unconstitutional, then the precedent actually works in reverse. Now, the leftists are concerned that an overturned gun ban in CA means more blue states will follow and their entire gun grabbing scheme will go out the window.

The leftist mind thinks in terms of unchecked and unhinged “democracy”. Meaning, they believe that the majority is paramount; the majority is law. If a majority in a society wants to take away your freedoms, then they have the right to because they have the mob on their side. 51% rules over the lives of the other 49%. But this is not how things work in a Constitutional Republic.

Under the Bill of Rights your freedoms are codified and sacrosanct. They are inherent and gifted by God (or whatever you happen to believe in); government has no domain over these rights. The right to firearms and self defense is one of these inherent qualities. It does not matter what the State of California thinks, or even what the “majority” of people in California think. If an American in California wants to own an AR-15, then he/she has the right to own an AR-15.

We also cannot ignore the fact that leftists have an insatiable appetite for collectivism, usually in the name of the “greater good”. Collectivism is basically totalitarianism disguised as humanitarianism. They know what’s best for you, and they are going to make sure you follow THEIR plan for your life.

The AR-15 is indeed a military grade weapon, and maybe this is what frightens leftists the most. Not because they are personally more likely to be shot by one (we’ve already proven that notion false), but because leftists desire control over all else, and with military grade weapons in the hands of the public control becomes much more difficult. ALL totalitarian governments seek to first disarm the people they intend to enslave or destroy. This is a fact.

When a group of people in power are working hard to remove defensive or even offensive weapons from your hands, it’s best to assume that their intentions are malevolent. They are not trying to help you, they are trying to help themselves.

They will deny this motive to the grave, but look at how the political left has been acting lately: They are the only people that have supported mass censorship of opposing viewpoints. They are the only people that are supported by international conglomerates and Big Tech companies. They are the only people that supported the pandemic lockdowns, which were completely useless in stopping the spread of covid, but they were very useful in killing hundreds of thousands of small businesses across the US. They are also the only people in favor of vaccine passports which would destroy the very fabric of our society and erase what is left of our freedoms.

It’s not really surprising that they want to disarm us as well.

Of course, they will claim that this argument is “silly”. After all, what can an AR-15 do against an Apache helicopter or a Abrams battle tank? Well, these rifles in the right hands can do a hell of a lot to stop a technologically advanced military, as we have seen for the past two decades in Afghanistan. Let us not play games; there is a reason why leftists and elites are obsessed with our disarmament. If military grade rifles were not a threat to them, then they would not be going after them so aggressively.

Finally, the mainstream media has rolled out all the typical propaganda tools when it comes to spinning the federal decision in CA, including attacking the judge and his character. Almost every single article on this issue focuses on the fact that the judge compared the AR-15 to a “Swiss Army knife”.

The left will continue to use this narrative as a means to distract from the real problem at hand because false conflations and straw man arguments have worked for them in the past. Clearly, the judge was not trying to say that an AR-15 and a Swiss Army knife are exactly the same, or that they are equally capable of killing people. The logical interpretation is that the AR-15 is a tool like any other tool, and it has multiple uses. It is a utilitarian object, not an inherently demonic death machine as leftists would have us believe.

Gun grabbers love to make the argument that firearms are only designed for one purpose: “Killing”. This is a lie. They are also tools for self defense. They are a means to defuse a violent situation before it even happens. There are thousands of videos on the web showing people with criminal intent running away from a Good Samaritan with a gun. There is no way of telling how many potential victims have been saved by the mere presence of a firearm, but the accounts are documented and numerous.

This is on top of all the other uses for guns, including hunting and sporting uses. So, yes, the judge is absolutely correct; an AR-15 is a multipurpose tool, just like a Swiss Army knife.

In my view, the gun control lobby in America is in the midst of a considerable decline, and maybe it is even about to die. The political left has long operated on the mantra that “the squeaky wheel gets the oil”. In other words, they think if they whine long enough and loud enough about an issue someone will come along and give them what they want just to shut them up, even if what they want is illogical or morally bankrupt.

This strategy has worked out for them for many decades so it’s not surprising that they keep using it, but times are changing. Now, the squeaky wheel gets no oil, at least not from gun owners. The squeaky wheel gets nothing.

Gun control is the big line in the sand for most law abiding conservatives and moderates, and we have grown tired of the debate because it’s no longer a debate, it’s a imposition of ideology and cultism. All the facts are on the side of gun owners. All the legal protections are on the side of gun owners. All the moral dynamics are on the side of gun owners. As long as we stand our ground, there is nothing that leftists can do about it.

They can continue to lie, they can continue to threaten and they can continue exploiting emotional arguments, but they’ll NEVER get the guns. And, as we have seen recently, we might even start returning some of those gun rights and rifles to states like California, where fear was used to cloud the public mind and people were conned into compliance.

What are California leftists and their comrades in other blue states really afraid of? They are afraid that their strategies are failing, that the public is getting wise to their games, that their incrementalism only works for so long, that their true intentions have become transparent, that their narcissism has blinded them to their own frailties, that the law is not their plaything and that every piece of constitutional ground they have stolen over the decades could be taken back from them in the blink of an eye; as fast as a speeding bullet.

Leftists and totalitarians fear the AR-15, but what they fear more is what it represents. And with each carefully placed practice shot at every gun range across America, they hear the crushing sound of inevitability.

 

 

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36 Comments

  • DC Miami June 11, 2021 at 7:12 am

    They keep trying because they usually get their way in court. Occasionally they suffer defeat, but usually on appeal to a higher court they eventually win out. The Houston lawsuit against forced vaccines for hospital medical personnel is a example. The judge already telegraphed a win for the hospital without even hearing the case yet.

    • Dogboy June 11, 2021 at 7:30 am

      I have heard that the CA Attorney General Rob Bonta (a communist) plans to appeal the decision to the 9th circuit. This used to be a laughably liberal court, but the Trump administration reformed it somewhat. We shall see what happens.

    • DC Miami June 13, 2021 at 7:41 am
      • Brandon Smith June 13, 2021 at 3:37 pm

        Federal judge – No surprise there. The feds will desperately defend any organization in a red state that tries to enforce vaccine passports. The bottom line is no business has the right to demand access to your personal medical history, either as a customer or an employee.

        • DC Miami June 14, 2021 at 7:48 pm

          On paper they may not have the right to access your personal medical history, but effectively they do now.

          • Brandon Smith June 14, 2021 at 10:53 pm

            Not in many red states they don’t, and that’s because conservatives put pressure on local government. Even if you can’t get the state government to comply with the law, you might be able to get your county and the businesses within that county to do so. They have to be made to understand that this is a line you will NOT allow them to cross.

  • gauntlet33 June 11, 2021 at 7:54 am

    Beautiful article Brandon. I bought my AR-15 earlier this year and although it’s only CA-compliant, it’s still a keeper for me.
    ..
    Also, speaking a bit off topic re gun laws, but still on topic for globalists’ concerns, I finally came out to South Carolina for my one month vacation. Was here for 3 weeks when a U.S. Census rep knocks on my door (I assume because I registered my vehicle here), and proceeds to ask several questions including, how many acres do we have?, how many bedrooms?, how long has the place been vacant? At that point, I said this conversation is over and politely asked her to leave. Where in the hell does the govt think they have the right to that info when it’s supposedly just a “census” for representation?! Anyhow, that encounter was another reminder to me that their agenda rolls on.

  • Greg B. June 11, 2021 at 9:09 am

    I’ve noticed a similar shrieking from leftists over the recently passed Constitutional Carry bill HB1927 here in Texas. Not surprisingly most the opposition to the bill came from the big cities like Houston, Austin and the metroplex. I’ve even seen complaints about the bill from people that don’t even live in Texas. They keeping claiming that HB1927 will bring us to days of the Wild West, blood in the streets from O.K. Corral-style shoot-outs and mass shootings everyday. And that wife-beaters and mass shooters will now have unrestricted access to firearms. The same song and dance was said when we passed open carry a few years ago. Yet we had no blood in the streets like they claimed and 20 other states before us passed Constitutional Carry with at least 3 more looking to do the same and they have yet to turn into warzones.

    And they’re practically screaming bloody murder over the heartbeat bill and voter integrity bill being signed into law by Abbott that bans abortions after 6 weeks and requires voters to have an ID in order to vote or when he issued an executive order banning municipalities from imposing their own mask mandates on their citizens. The voter integrity one is the most ridiculous because they keep calling it Jim Crowe 2.0 because they claim it will disproportionately affect blacks and Hispanics. And naturally they don’t like the idea of sluts and bimbos not being able to kill their unborn children because they want to be able to screw like wild animals without having to face the consequences.

    • Bill June 12, 2021 at 7:43 pm

      The leftist lunatics did the same thing in Florida way back when Florida was the first state to allow concealed carry permits. No, we are not the Wild West down here and have never been – an armed society is a polite society.

  • bhk4usa June 11, 2021 at 10:47 am

    In general a great summation Brandon. I would like to point out that by referring to the AR-15 as a “military grade weapon” and similar phrasing several times you are furthering a common mis-information tactic by politicians and media to stoke peoples fears. Ask any member of the military or a LEO whether would be willing to enter a hostile situation with an AR-15 rather than their serviced issued weapon. I am willing to wager everyone of them would say absolutely not. Why not? Because their service issued weapons are capable of fully AUTOMATIC fire while the AR-15 style weapons ‘allowed by the government’ for most civilians are ‘restricted’ to SEMI-AUTOMATIC fire only. A soldier or LEO would use an AR-15 if nothing else was available but it would not be the ‘weapon of choice’.

    While on that subject. At the founding of this nation, when the Bill of Rights was put in effect, the weapons in common use by civilians were the same ones in common use by the military. It is only in more recent times that a disparity has developed and that is largely due to overreaching government restrictions. One of the intents of the 2nd Amendment was that We The People have the ability to resist and even overthrow a tyrannical government. At the time of writing the 2nd that meant ensuring the public could keep and bear arms very similar too, if not the same as, the military arms. The infringements on the right to bear arms imposed by the government that limit private ownership and use of actual ‘military style weapons’ should be eliminated. We want the government to be afraid of the people if the government chooses to be tyrannical.

    • chronoblip June 11, 2021 at 12:06 pm

      “Controlled automatic fire” was a way for the MIC to sell more bullets, not for making soldiers more effective. Even “suppressive fire” is not meant to kill, but to suppress movement in order to gain an upper hand tactically.

    • Brandon Smith June 11, 2021 at 12:55 pm

      There is no difference between an AR-15 and an M4 except that the M4 has the option to go automatic (burst), which does not help in most situations. Most service members who have actually been in combat will tell you that it’s almost impossible to aim at medium to longer distances with full auto anyway. The M4 also has a slightly heavier bolt carrier because of the option to go automatic. That’s about it. The fact that the AR-15 is a military grade weapon does not help the gun grabbers in any way. It does not matter.

    • Bee Gentry June 11, 2021 at 3:54 pm

      Too, there wasn’t supposed to be a standing army. The citizens could be called up as part of a militia should defense be needed. So, the citizens and military were the same.

    • gauntlet33 June 11, 2021 at 5:43 pm

      Yes, I agree, and I would further argue that the term “arms” was not meant to be restricted to “firearms”, but any type of weapon for self-defense. Therefore, I may sound sarcastic when I say this, but if the government is allowed to make bombs and killer drones, then citizens should be allowed the same for self-defense.

  • Lieutenant Beale June 11, 2021 at 12:29 pm

    AR-15 too “scary” for me. (That’s why I carry a Tavor X-95 instead.)
    😁

  • Dennis June 11, 2021 at 1:11 pm

    California “Assault Weapons” Ban Ruled Unconstitutional
    https://www.bitchute.com/video/nub24TefIslk/

  • JustOneGuy June 11, 2021 at 3:23 pm

    If I lived to be a thousand years old I’d never fathom what those whose faith lies in “Collectivism” are drawn into that morass of self-contradicting shite…
    Indeed, as multiple people above have observed above, AR-15’s are NOT “Miltary grade weaponry”…far from it. That said, bear in mind that no soldier – almost ever – indiscriminately employs ‘Full Auto’ in anything other than desperate circumstance since doing so raises the temperature of the barrel to near incandescent heat VERY rapidly indeed. The concomitant is that in only a few hundred rounds expended thusly your barrel is – effectively – TOAST; the throat region just where the rifling begins eroded to the point where anything shot through it strikes the rifling skewed…bullet tip not concentrically aligned with the axis of the barrel, ergo, your accuracy is simply gone.
    In the military, that isn’t a problem by the simple expedient of Uncke Sam having an inexhaustible supply of those bought with Tax Payer $$$. Ordinary folk simply don’t have the sheckles to support the “Full Auto” fetish.
    Nuff said there…
    Brandon has deconstructed the ‘Hive Mentality’ underlying collectivism splendidly across many several articles posted hereat sufficient that little else need be said here – not that it will ever become comprehensible to me viscerally – but one thing alone most needs be said here explicitly: those cleaving to ‘THAT’ Mentality cannot nor ever will be susceptible to Reason or Rationality since clearly that portion of thier brain’s ceased developing at an early age.
    So, can’t live ’em, can’t shoot ’em…yet.

    JOG

    • Brandon Smith June 11, 2021 at 4:44 pm

      I’m sorry but this is a misconception that is prevalent but still false. I’m not really sure where it came from, but I suspect it’s some kind of NRA brainwashing narrative convincing people not to admit the AR is military effective when it clearly is. All the upgrades mentioned including a heavier BCG and barrel to deal with full auto are readily available for the AR-15. Many ARs come with all mil-spec parts standard. There is NO DIFFERENCE to the M4 whatsoever other than the full auto option being illegal without the ATF stamp. It is indeed a military grade weapon, not that it matters.

      • JustOneGuy June 11, 2021 at 8:54 pm

        Howdy Brandon,
        Not to put too fine a point on it, but no…I have shot enough rounds down the pipe in full auto in the Army to literally watch the barrel just start hitting the point of beginning to glow ever so slightly (just at the point of perceptibility). Long before that point, the barrel is visibly smoking and even then the degradation in accuracy is apparent…even after a protracted period of cooling. The physical mechanism is fairly simple and not dissimilar to applying an Oxyactylene torch to a piece of steel with the Oxygen trigger kicked in, ie, a cutting torch. Functionally, you’d be HARD pressed to get 800 rds out of even a heavy SS Barrel (Stainless Steel has a much higher capacity to distribute heat throughout it’s bulk than any Carbon Steel does) before the process I described above under sustained fire occurs.The common instruction given to trainee’s (regardless of branch of service) is to fire controlled, short burst preferably averaging approximately 3 rds per twitch of the finger since allowing the weapon to continue spitting lead seriously affects most shooters accuracy materially in any event due to the ever present ‘muzzle climb’ involved in all sustained, continuous fire. Oh lest I neglect to mention it: Reinforced BCG’s – most specifically the bolt itself, preferably Nickel Boron coated Carpenter type steel – are HUGELY important by way of thier enhanced resistance to either lugs breaking off under protracted fire and jamming the weapon or worse, the ejector failing to pull an expended cartridge from the chamber and then slamming a round into the backside thereof…which typically ain’t real fortuitous for the operator. Finally, under sustained, protracted fire there is always the possibility of an inadequately charged cartridge failing to manage to drive the bullet FULLY from the barrel (a smoking hot barrel compounds this state of affairs) and the next round chambered and fired will have truly NASTY consequences for both the operator and nearby bystanders…
        Kudos for another brilliant piece incidentally, your analysis – as always – is immaculately incisive. I do marvel that one of your years see’s the Big Picture with such amazing clarity…

        JOG

        • Brandon Smith June 11, 2021 at 9:19 pm

          I agree, full auto has limited uses and is highly inaccurate. My main point is that the M4 and AR are identical in every way except for the selector switch and the BCG, which is readily available for almost any AR on the civilian market, so, still, the AR is a military grade weapon when compared to the M4. You can switch parts between the two without any problems. I think gun people have been trained by leftists to say the AR is “not a military grade weapon” because they are afraid that fact will be used against it in legislation. It does not matter that it is a military grade weapon. We are SUPPOSED to have military grade weapons under the original intent of the 2nd Amendment. Thankfully, that’s exactly what the AR is, along with the AK and a few others.

          • JustOneGuy June 11, 2021 at 10:46 pm

            My apologies, I misconstrued the thrust of your argument, I concur wholeheartedly; the Founders were wholly acquainted with the intrinsic abuses of which Governance was capable and I believe FULLY intended the 2nd Amendment as a safeguard against unwarranted usurpation of authority. No system is perfect, to be sure, and if anything it’s a suprise that things have held together as long as they have, IMHO Jefferson’s MOST famous quote is here applicable…Tree’s, Patriots and such…

            Oh, before I forget here (long days of late…) those here reading through the posts here who have a 300 PRC should start looking NOW, the loaded ammo is just beginning to trickle in. I managed to order three boxes at Bud’s Gun Shop online two days ago…keep your eyes peeled, under the circumstances it’ll be gone almost as soon as it arrives.

            Guten Nacht mein Herr, Fahren sie gut…

            JOG

            As the oft quoted line goes,
            “When government fears the People there is Liberty….when the People fear thier Government there IS Tyranny.” The latter being construable as Prima Facae evidence thereof.

  • sound awake June 11, 2021 at 10:20 pm

    prediction:
    there will be a las vegas sized or larger mass shooting somewhere in the 9ths jurisdiction at some point before they get this case
    and like always the perpetrator will be known to the fbi
    and it will be used to pressure the judges to reject the district court judges ruling
    and like always people will think its a coincidence
    remember: you heard it here first

    • Chevrus June 14, 2021 at 8:44 am

      Will there be real deaths or contrived casualties?

    • Chevrus June 14, 2021 at 8:47 am

      What you will notice in the article is that none of the injuries and recoveries reported resemble anything experienced prior to the event. The conclusion being that they are contrived and not in fact real.

      https://1668cc.wordpress.com/2017/11/14/las-vegas-shooting-the-problem-with-the-victims-stories/

    • beavis August 13, 2021 at 12:20 pm

      Just pointing out that we almost had a “mass shooting” in Denver at the All Star game at Coors Field but it was turned (mayors offc/DPD/with media complicity) into a drug deal gone wrong. Who (4 guys pointing fingers and media jailhouse interviews with TMI about the weapons and capabilities) brings 12+ long arms to a hotel room with a stadium view balcony and a case of ammo??

  • Dennis June 12, 2021 at 3:43 am

    Second Amendment > Right to Bear Arms

    Passed by Congress September 25, 1789. Ratified December 15, 1791. The first 10 amendments form the Bill of Rights.

    This right was/is installed just after the civil war to protect the people against the tyranny of the government.

  • vivian tzamis June 12, 2021 at 5:57 am

    Most gun deaths are suicides–not murders

    All judges work for the Globalist Cabal
    I guarantee this is a set-up
    There will be a stage mass shooting in Calif

    After all–Globalists are making a fortune from the increased sales
    Even Libs are buying them now–becos they fear a Right Wing Authoritarian Dystopia

  • Mat June 13, 2021 at 10:27 am

    Stop calling my AR 15 “military grade”. It’s MUCH better than that.

    • Brandon Smith June 13, 2021 at 2:39 pm

      Yes, mine is as well. I would take my setup any day over an Army issued M4, even with the burst capability. My primary AR is shooting 1/2 inch groups like it’s a laser and it runs like a beast without fail.

  • John June 13, 2021 at 1:19 pm

    Loved the last sentence in your article! That was gold 🙂

    • Dennis June 14, 2021 at 10:12 am

      LOL 🙂 Respect 2 Brandon AKA Mr. Smith

  • Luther Jacob June 15, 2021 at 6:29 pm

    Nice article, I like to do a chat with people. If you had to choose 2 rifles and a handgun, what would you take with you? My choice is the AK-47, Ruger 10/22 take down, and Beretta 92FS. I love the AR platform, its more accurate than the AK but the AK is shit kicker gun, the 10/22 is great for small game hunting, and the Beretta, well I was always partial to my M9.

    • Brandon Smith June 15, 2021 at 7:14 pm

      Probably my HK MR556 and my long range rifle, along with any Glock.

  • Susie June 16, 2021 at 8:31 am

    Brandon, Could you give us your predictions as to what lies ahead in the next six months to a year?

  • Greg B. June 17, 2021 at 7:28 am

    Something I keep seeing whenever I read tweets and responses Texas’s constitutional carry law is the claim by gun control advocates that the vast majority of Texans oppose constitutional carry as do most law enforcement. Personally I find these claims completely ridiculous. The polls they used were from the Texas Tribune and UT and at most they only polled a few thousand, mostly likely taken from the big cities i.e. liberal enclaves. Same thing for the cops that spoke out against it in session; most were predominantly big city police chiefs or transplants from California. In reality I think popular opinion is actually on the side of constitutional carry and most law enforcement are also in favor of it. Frankly even it was the case that the majority of Texans opposed it, so what? The expansion and restoration of our rights isn’t dependent on the whims of the majority anyway.

  • Mark Smith June 21, 2021 at 6:53 pm

    Thanks for this great article Brandon. Lots of great points. I agree 100% that the leftists/globalists fear the AR-15 because it allows the people an effective defense against tyrants venturing out of their castles an oppressing the citizenry.

    You are certainly a talented writer. Any plans to write a book?

    And as John Basil Barnhill once said, not Jefferson, “Where the people fear the government you have tyranny. Where the government fears the people you have liberty.”

    See When government fears the people, there is liberty… (Spurious Quotation)
    https://www.monticello.org/site/research-and-collections/when-government-fears-people-there-liberty-spurious-quotation

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