I recently purchased a Rock River Arms AR-15. To be specific, this model One of the gun stores near my new home in Iowa recently got a shipment of 10 Rock River Arms AR-15s, after having been completely out for quite a while. I came in to the store last week, and they had 4 left. After waffling for a while, I went back to the store and bought one of the last AR-15s, just in time. It turned out to be a productive trip, since they had just gotten ammo in the day before, so I was also able to buy 100 rounds of .40 S&W, plus 200 rounds of .223 ammo.
After my fiancé I and had fired a few dozen rounds, I asked her whether firing a so-called “assault weapon” felt any different than firing my .22 rifle, shotgun, or pistol. She laughed and said no. I inquired whether holding that firearm transformed her from a law abiding citizen to a violent criminal, and she answered that question in the negative as well. This would surely come as a surprise to someone like Rep. Carolyn McCarthy, since my AR-15 has all of the “scary” features that she has tried to ban as being dangerous, despite the fact that Rep. McCarthy can’t identify or describe those features.