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Why Young Women Want AR-15s
National Review Online ^ | January 23, 2013 | Celia Bigelow & Aubrey Blankenship

Posted on 01/23/2013 6:50:21 PM PST by DogByte6RER

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Why Young Women Want AR-15s

Americans have the right to an efficient weapon for home defense.

Sorry, President Obama. As young women, we prefer an AR-15 “assault” rifle with a 30-round magazine for self-defense.

In fact, we wouldn’t want to be stuck at home without one. In the wake of mass murders like Sandy Hook and the horrific rapes and murders of thousands of women each year, pepper spray, mace, or five-round handheld pistols aren’t going to cut it.

So what’s a girl to do? When choosing our tool for home defense, we want the best — in accuracy, handling, and aesthetics. The best choice by all three criteria is — hands down — the AR-15.

AR-15s are the most popular rifle in the U.S.; more than 3 million Americans own one. And its popularity isn’t with criminals — assault rifles account for only 0.6 percent of murders every year. Rather, the semi-automatic AR-15 is the gun of choice for many hunters, target shooters, and home defenders.

Critics pin the allure of AR-15 on Hollywood (think Angelina Jolie’s “Wait, why do I get the girl gun?” in Mr. and Mrs. Smith), video games, and the military, but women especially haven’t chosen this weapon on a whim.

Our goal when defending against a home invader is simple: to hit where we aim. One shouldn’t underestimate the value of target practice, but using an accurate weapon is the key to hitting a target with ease and confidence.

The AR-15 is lightweight and practical. As light as five pounds, it produces low levels of recoil, and it’s easy to shoot. It also looks intimidating, which is what you want when facing an assailant or intruder. But don’t let its appearance intimidate you. Assault rifles such as the AR-15 aren’t more “dangerous,” as liberals claim. They don’t fire faster than other rifles, and don’t normally contain more powerful ammunition.

Accuracy? Check. Ease in handling? Check. Intimidation factor? Check. An AR-15 might be a woman’s best friend.

We are rational women who, as law-abiding citizens, understand the need — and the right — to defend ourselves. We don’t want to be caught underprepared in the kind of desperate situation that happens too frequently to people across America.

This past week in Georgia, an intruder entered the home of a mother and two children. The mother grabbed her two children and her gun, and proceeded to hide in a crawlspace in the attic. When the intruder entered the attic, the mother fired and hit him with five out of six shots (he still lived).

Imagining ourselves in a high-stress, violent situation, we want a gun with enough ammo, and more, to get the job done. Sometimes, you only get one shot. At other times, you may need more. When you don’t have time to reload in the heat of a home invasion, the AR-15’s 30-round magazine gives you the flexibility and security a handgun will not.

High-capacity magazines serve as a life-saving insurance mechanism, a self-defense back-up if something doesn’t go according to plan. Yet you would never think of these guns in this sense by listening to anti-gun zealots and their allies in media.

Assault rifles and high-capacity magazines have been under fire from our nation’s legislators since the Newtown massacre. It only took Senator Dianne Feinstein two days to announce her intention to reinstate the Clinton-era assault-weapons ban to get “these dangerous weapons of war off our streets.” New York governor Andrew Cuomo took it upon himself to make his state the first to tighten gun laws post-Newtown, proudly outlawing magazines over seven rounds because “no one needs ten bullets to kill a deer.”

Senator Feinstein and Governor Cuomo: We may not need ten bullets to kill a deer, but we sure need them in our own defense. Criminals rarely use assault rifles. Nearly ten times as many murders are committed with hammers and clubs, and 35 times as many with knives. Does that mean we need to ban those too, Senator Feinstein? Banning assault weapons will only take weapons away from my house — not from criminals on the street.

Criminals with the intent to harm or kill will always find ways to do so. If they want to kill with an assault rifle or using high-capacity magazines, they will also find a way to do so, regardless of the law. As young, responsible women, we want the ability to defend ourselves against these criminals, and we should be able to do so with weapons of equal or greater power.

Violence is always going to exist. As women, we should possess the right to best defend ourselves against it, whether with a handgun or our much preferred AR-15. So, Mr. President, use the First Amendment as much as you like to rail against our AR-15s, but hands off our Second Amendment right to use them.

— Celia Bigelow is the campus director for American Majority Action. Aubrey Blankenship is the communications director for the same organization. Find out more at AmericanMajorityAction.org.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: ar15; assaultrifle; banglist; democratwaronwomen; donttreadonme; guncontrol; gunsandammo; molonlabe; secondamendment; youwillnotdisarmus
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1 posted on 01/23/2013 6:50:25 PM PST by DogByte6RER
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To: DogByte6RER

All things considered, I’d rather have an UZI. A little heavier..but no kick. Can field strip it and reassemble blindfolded. And chews through any load without a jam. Loved shooting them.


2 posted on 01/23/2013 6:55:58 PM PST by SueRae (It isn't over. In God We Trust.)
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To: DogByte6RER
Why Bethany likes her AR15:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I3HlbgYQLE0

3 posted on 01/23/2013 6:57:03 PM PST by kiryandil (turning Americans into felons, one obnoxious drunk at a time (Zero Tolerance!!!))
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To: DogByte6RER

Yikes


4 posted on 01/23/2013 6:57:25 PM PST by al baby (Hi Mom)
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To: SueRae

I had a civvy version of an Uzi, back in the day. I miss that little toy. Wow, did I lose out on a huge gun collection. :(


5 posted on 01/23/2013 6:57:44 PM PST by Lazamataz (LAZ'S LAW: As an argument with liberals goes on, the probability of being called racist approaches 1)
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To: DogByte6RER

Bump


6 posted on 01/23/2013 6:57:48 PM PST by Jet Jaguar
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To: DogByte6RER

Nice selection of Tyranny Response Rifles!


7 posted on 01/23/2013 7:01:22 PM PST by TigersEye (The irresponsible should not be leading the responsible.)
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To: SueRae
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8 posted on 01/23/2013 7:02:21 PM PST by DogByte6RER ("Loose lips sink ships")
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9 posted on 01/23/2013 7:06:21 PM PST by DogByte6RER ("Loose lips sink ships")
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To: DogByte6RER


With "Molon Labe" on the stock.
10 posted on 01/23/2013 7:16:14 PM PST by caveat emptor (!)
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11 posted on 01/23/2013 7:16:23 PM PST by DogByte6RER ("Loose lips sink ships")
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To: DogByte6RER

Whatever the criminals have, I need more! Plus, if there’s ever a terrorist attack, we need to be prepared. Period!


12 posted on 01/23/2013 7:19:54 PM PST by District13 (Obama scares me)
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To: FReepers; Patriots



Freepers!

13 posted on 01/23/2013 7:23:29 PM PST by onyx (FREE REPUBLIC IS HERE TO STAY! DONATE MONTHLY! IF YOU WANT ON SARAH PALIN''S PING LIST, LET ME KNOW)
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To: DogByte6RER

What are the prices of these?


14 posted on 01/23/2013 7:42:50 PM PST by MadelineZapeezda
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To: SueRae

How do you get an UZI?


15 posted on 01/23/2013 7:45:32 PM PST by Aria ( 2008 & 2012 weren't elections - they were coup d'etats.)
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To: DogByte6RER

I guess I’m getting old, but the first thing I think of when I see some gal posing with an auto loader and showing a lot of cleavage is hot brass.


16 posted on 01/23/2013 7:48:13 PM PST by CrazyIvan (Obama's birth certificate was found stapled to Soros's receipt.)
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To: DogByte6RER

What an asshat. And I’m not talking about the kid.


17 posted on 01/23/2013 7:50:13 PM PST by Gene Eric
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To: SueRae

I never had any problem with a kick from an M16. Nice little tool, if you ask me. :)


18 posted on 01/23/2013 7:50:53 PM PST by bannie ("The gov't that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend upon the support of Paul.")
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To: DogByte6RER; All

Duh, Communist Tyrant Hussein Obama is always saying “the everybody deserves a fair shot.”


19 posted on 01/23/2013 9:10:05 PM PST by Graewoulf ((Traitor John Roberts' Commune Obama"care" violates Anti-Trust Laws, AND the U.S. Constitution.))
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20 posted on 01/23/2013 9:13:52 PM PST by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: DogByte6RER

BTTT!


21 posted on 01/23/2013 11:13:39 PM PST by neverdem ( Xin loi min oi)
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To: DogByte6RER

Thanks for posting this.


22 posted on 01/23/2013 11:47:29 PM PST by Altariel ("Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!")
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To: DogByte6RER
Today Leon Panetta gave all women the right to go into combat. Tomorrow Joe Biden and Barak Obama want to take away the right of every woman to defend herself in the US.
23 posted on 01/24/2013 12:21:08 AM PST by AlaskaErik (I served and protected my country for 31 years. Progressives spent that time trying to destroy it.)
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To: Aria

I wish I knew. The one I spent a lot of time on was years ago..decades...and the guy that had it sold it way back when..


24 posted on 01/24/2013 3:40:22 AM PST by SueRae (It isn't over. In God We Trust.)
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To: DogByte6RER

The one in blue jeans - No. 4 over her shoulder, No. 1 on her shirt?


25 posted on 01/24/2013 3:42:39 AM PST by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: DogByte6RER

26 posted on 01/24/2013 5:19:06 AM PST by Old Sarge (We are officially over the precipice, we just havent struck the ground yet...)
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To: CrazyIvan
"I guess I’m getting old, but the first thing I think of when I see some gal posing with an auto loader and showing a lot of cleavage is hot brass."

That has been written about before. I recall one article that included a picture of one enthusiastic shooter showing off her circular burn in a strategic location.

27 posted on 01/24/2013 5:42:03 AM PST by Truth29
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To: DogByte6RER

What was not mentioned is that one of the banned features under the AWB, the adjustable stock, is really nice for women. Not everyone’s arms are as long as the GIs the full size stock was designed for.


28 posted on 01/24/2013 5:42:14 AM PST by TalonDJ
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To: DogByte6RER

BUMP!


29 posted on 01/24/2013 7:20:14 PM PST by RandallFlagg
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To: Truth29

Don’t take this the wrong way, but I hope I never get that old.


30 posted on 01/24/2013 7:23:29 PM PST by Lurker (Violence is rarely the answer. But when it is it is the only answer.)
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