The AR-15 rifle, the weapon that a madman used to slaughter 49 and injure more at an Orlando gay nightclub, is shockingly called “America’s Rifle” by the NRA. Click through for more information about the controversial gun.
Omar Mateen, 29, used his AR-15 assault rifle to fatally shoot 49 victims at Pulse nightclub in Orlando on June 12, and injure over 50 more. The dangerous weapon, once banned between 1994-2004, is nicknamed “America’s Rifle” by the National Rifle Association. Click through for more information about the AR-15 and its role in the Orlando massacre.
Omar used what has become one of the most beloved rifles in the nation by gun advocates — “America’s Rifle,” if you will — to shoot up an LGBT nightclub, killing 49 and gravely injuring so many others. While the NRA has praised the military grade weapon, it’s one of the most reviled by gun control advocates. And it’s no wonder why.
The AR-15 appears to be the weapon of choice in many American mass shootings: the shooting at Sandy Hook elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut; at a screening of The Dark Knight in Aurora, Colorado; at a county health clinic in San Bernardino, California; at the campus of Umpqua Community College in Oregon. Some of the most unthinkable atrocities, and now the worst mass shooting in US history, have been at the hands of shooters wielding an AR-15.
It’s praised by the NRA and gun enthusiasts for its ease of shooting, military-style capability and appearance, and a nostalgia dating from the 1950s, when it was introduced. There’s an excitement around owning the weapon, as well, after it was banned from 1994-2004. The federal government doesn’t keep track of how many people own AR-15s, but it’s estimated by experts, according to the New York Times, that there are several million in circulation.
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