Why do civilians own "assault weapons"?
For some, myself included, guns are fun to shoot, collect, clean, and take care of.
For me, it's a form of recreation and entertainment.
You could call it a hobby.
I'm not so much into killing animals unless they are a hazard (poisonous snakes, nutria rat, coyotes).
I don't even feel like I need a gun to defend myself but I can understand why others would.
The AR-15s, AK-47s, and other assault rifles are convenient for a sporting shooter such as myself.
When I go shooting, I usually shoot a lot so the high capacity magazines, affordable ammunition, and the semi automatic feature of the rifle is beneficial.
Moreover, assault rifles are not nearly as deadly as most standard hunting rifles that are designed to kill large animals.
Whereas a semi automatic assault rifle is designed to wound a man.
See the video below. The Truth About AK-47 Firepower
Here is my analogy:
A top of the line baseball bat is to baseball what a top of the line AR-15 is to the sporting shooter.
Yes, the baseball bat is lethal weapon, but in only the rarest of cases (self defense) would I ever consider using it that way.
This post was edited on 7/21 at 3:59 pm