Recently, the Parkland shooting has affected many viewpoints on guns. As many are aware, Nikolas Cruz shot up Parkland High School using an AR-15. What most are not aware of is that an AR-15 does NOT stand for assault rifle. The ‘AR’ in the name stands for Armalite rifle, which is the company name. These guns are designed resemble military guns, but do not function the same. An AR-15 is among one of the most popular firearms being sold today and is a favorite modern sporting gun. The confusion started with people assuming AR stands for assault rifle, and not having the knowledge on what an assault rifle really is. An assault rifle is a fully automatic gun; a machine gun. Meanwhile the AR-15 is a semi-automatic firearm. This means that when shooting, it is unnecessary to cock the gun each time you pull the trigger. You still have to pull the trigger one time per round. Ownership of automatic firearms have been severely restricted from civilian ownership since 1934. Many do not know or understand this knowledge. This is where the confusion sets in. The majority of those who want to eliminate automatic guns do not realize that automatic guns are already illegal for citizen usage.
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