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Fri Apr 26, 2013, 11:33 AM

America's Gun: The Rise of the AR-15 [View all]

The AR-15 is the most popular and, some would say, misunderstood, rifle in America: an estimated four million are in circulation. You can even buy one at Wal-mart, if they're not sold out. It has been used in a number of high profile mass murders, yet it is also the preferred rifle of law-abiding homeowners, hunters, and sport shooters across America.

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I caught this on CNBC last night. I thought the show at least attempted to keep things balanced, although it was a bit uneven at some points.

The most glaring omission was show's failure to discuss how the '94 ban was the main driving force in the popularity of the AR platform. It barely touched on it. Also, the show suggests all AR's were banned from 1994-2004, which isn't the case. The law only banned AR's with bayonet lugs and/or collapsible stocks, effectively. It also gave WAY too much face time to James Yaeger I thought.

The show also seemed to indicate that the ammunition the AR fires is uniquely powerful and does an inordinate amount of damage. Maybe compared to handguns, but compared to other high powered rifle ammo, the .223 is on the lower end of the scale of power and destructive capability.

This was CNBC, tho. Considering the source, it wasn't a complete hack job.

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