There are two types, as Colion Noir says in his video here, of people who ask the question, “Why do you need an AR-15?”
The first type, the type we prefer as educated firearm owners and 2nd Amendment advocates, is someone who is genuinely curious why. Why is the AR-15 useful? Why is it special? Why is it preferred by gun owners? Why are gun controllers wrong to want to ban it if it keeps being used in mass shootings?
These are all very genuine ‘whys’ and answering them honestly, in a manner to promote dialog and further education on the subject, builds these inquisitive types into more 2A advocates over time. They will, in most circumstances, come away with a variety of positive views on your point of view because you took the time to answer the questions in an honest, friendly, and reasoned way that didn’t strike them as hostile, confrontational, or irrationally conspiratorial.
All those latter which gun control groups love to portray gun owners as. The more tin foil they can reasonably imply that you wear, the better for their messages of “common sense” safety measures born of their own fear and impotence in matters of safety.
Remember, gun control fanatics need you to be wrong because they cannot be right otherwise. There position only holds if you, a gun owner, are more wrong than they are because their solutions are objectively terrible. They only become more ‘common sense’ if you, the “gun nut” are more nonsensical than they are. It’s all about scale.
The second type, the type you should feel no obligation to justify yourself towards, is the askhole. Not the traditional askhole, someone who asks for advice on a gun or gear and then picks the terrible option, no these askholes want to ask the question they’ve already made up their mind on so they can be confrontational about it. They ‘know‘ you don’t need an AR-15 because its a weapon of war and only good for killing lots of people really quickly, or whatever the fear line of the day is.
So they’re just there to cause you a headache, they’re there to get their mad out and you happen to be in the verbal line of fire. They associate you with the bad thing and no amount of reason is going to make them reconsider when their easy cathartic release for their anger is you.
It sucks. Its annoying.
Save your energy for the genuine askers. Smile and roll your eyes at the askholes.
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