Home Invasion: When Self Defense Requires An AR-15

Let’s talk about guns! A man in Oklahoma shot and killed three intruders in his home this week, and it has stirred up controversy not just because he was using a gun, but because he used an AR-15.

First of all, an AR-15 is NOT an assault rifle. It does not have select-fire capabilities, and is only a semi-automatic weapon. While an AR-15 can fire up to 60 rounds per minute, an actual assault rifle can fire over 1,000 rounds per minute. That’s kind of a big difference.

People often make the argument that an AR-15 is needed for hunting, but what about self defense?

In the recent case from Oklahoma, three men wearing all black clothing, masks and gloves, broke into the back door of a house. These men were armed with knives and brass knuckles, so it was clear that they were prepared, not just for a burglary, but also for a fight.

Let’s imagine that the only defense the man in house had was his ability to call the police. Even if he was able to make that call before encountering the intruders, he is still facing three men who are armed with weapons, while he is stuck waiting for the police to arrive.

No matter what the law is, there will always be someone ready and willing to break it. When it comes to individuals looking to protects themselves, their families and their homes, they should have the right to do so through whatever means necessary.

While many politicians demonize the AR-15, it’s important to remember that in the recent case in Oklahoma, there was one facing three intruders, and an AR-15 likely saved the innocent man’s life.


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Rachel Blevins is a journalist who aspires to break the left/right paradigm in media and politics by pursuing truth and questioning existing narratives.

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