To hear the mainstream media spin it, the AR-15 self-loading rifle was created on or about December 14, 2012, for the explicit purpose of slaughtering school children.

That is the day one variant of the rifle, manufactured by a company named Bushmaster and purchased legally under Connecticut’s so-called “assault weapons” ban, was acquired through the murder of it’s owner, and then used to slaughter 20 children and six adults in a so-called “gun free zone.”

We know this was the day that the AR-15 was “created” (at least for the media), because of how they shape nearly every media account since that awful day into something like this:

Police and deputies stopped the men at the corner of East Walnut and Madison streets. One of the men was carrying an AR-15 rifle, the same weapon used in 2012 mass shootings at the Sandy Hook elementary school in Newtown, Conn., and the movie theater shooting in Aurora, Colo.

Or like this:

So it takes nine months and two days from Newtown, from 20 dead children and six adults, for someone else to carry the same kind of AR-15 that Adam Lanza carried into Sandy Hook Elementary School into the Washington Navy Yard.

Or like this:

I couldn’t believe my eyes when Golocalprov.com reported last week that the state GOP planned to raffle off a version of the AR-15 semi-automatic assault weapon—which is eerily similar to the gun used in the Sandy Hook massacre last year, last weekend.

What the media seems to “forget” to mention is that the AR-15 is the single most popular centerfire rifle sold in the United States, and that it has been for years. While exact production numbers are impossible to determine because of the dozens of different manufacturers that have undertaken AR-15 production over the past five decades, and they account for an estimated 60% of all new rifles sold.

There are somewhere between 5-6 million currently in circulation, and hundreds more are purchased every day, never to be used in anything more destructive than making holes in soda cans and paper targets.

AR-15s are popular because they are relatively lightweight, low-recoiling, accurate and easy to modify to individual tastes, and are readily adapted to younger shooters and women, which are among the fastest growing demographics in shooting.

The media would like for you to focus on one tragic incident, instead of the fact that Connecticut’s “assault weapons” ban failed, the fact that the AR-15 has been in civilian hands for a half-century, and that it is the most popular rifle sold in the United States.

The millions of typical AR-15 shooters in this nation aren’t murderers.

It’s someone like this, who hunts.

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It’s someone like this, who enjoys target shooting and liberty.

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And it’s someone like this, spending time at the range with friends.

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The AR-15 is the “modern musket,” ubiquitous, affordable, adaptable, and useful.

Anyone attempting to tell you otherwise is trying to sell you a perversion of reality.

You simply need to ask yourself, “Why?”