Feinstein Pushes to Ban AR-15s, Says They 'Aren't Used For Hunting' and 'Not Viable For Home Protection'

Brittany M. Hughes | June 17, 2019

California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, together with Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy, are once again taking aim (pun intended) at the Second Amendment by pushing to ban America’s most frequently-used rifle: the AR-15.

Feinstein’s premise? That AR-15s “aren’t used for hunting” and aren’t “viable for home protection.”

No, seriously. She said that. See here:

I'll take "Tweets In Which Every Word Is False" for $800, Alex. And the proof isn't hard to find.

For example, here’s a TIME article listing seven animals hunters routinely hunt with AR-15s. And here’s a good explainer as to why.

In fact, a recent survey found that more than one-in-four hunters say they’ve used an AR-15 to hunt, including 48 percent who say they’ve used an AR-15 within the past five years and nearly 60 percent who say they’ve used the popular rifle to hunt large game.

When it comes to home defense, the AR-15 is actually quite – how did Feinstein put it again? – "viable." It’s light, inexpensive, easy to fire and has little-to-no recoil, which is helpful especially for people of smaller stature like women.

Here’s a guy who used an AR-15 to shoot three intruders who broke into his dad’s Oklahoma home. Here’s another who used it to defend against a mob of masked men who broke into his trailer.

Add all this to the fact that the AR-15 is the most popular rifle in the United States, backed by a U.S Constitution that doesn’t require you to explain why you’ve got one, and it looks like Feinstein’s little tirade holds an awful lot of fluff, but not much water.