I was looking for an article with which to test the Reblog feature and found this. As a mainstream piece on the AR-15, it’s passable, as it provides a little history of the weapon itself and discusses some of the features that make it “military-style,” such as the flash suppressor and the bayonet lug. These are fine details to include in the larger debate, but, as the article takes a biased gun-control perspective, no debate is presented as to the merits of civilian ownership of “military-style” weapons, much less the rationale that would even make such features as flash suppressors desirable among civilian consumers.


When 20-year-old Adam Lanza walked into the Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 14, he carried two handguns, several hundred rounds of ammunition and a rifle that has become a flashpoint in the ongoing debate over gun rights in America.

Police say that the 20 children and six adults killed at the school were murdered with a .223 caliber Bushmaster AR-15 rifle. It’s one of the most popular types of sporting rifles in the country: between 2000 and 2010, according to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, more than two million AR-15-type rifles have been sold by various manufacturers.  It’s a weapon of choice among firearm enthusiasts and is “hugely popular for recreational target shooting,” according to Guns and Ammo.

But it has also turned up in the hands of perpetrators of mass murder. A Bushmaster .223 was used by Jacob Tyler Roberts to kill two people and…

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