In the interest of RANT WEEK here on Empty Cases, what is it with calling the AR a modern sporting rifle (MSR)?
It’s nothing but political correctness (PC). AR does not stand for “assault rifle”. The AR or Armalite Rifle is only an “assault rifle” when it is used in an assault. One of the most notorious and deadly shootings in America involving rifles occurred at the University of Texas in 1966. it was perpetuated by a fellow by the name of Charles Whitman who’s “assault rifles” were; a bolt action Remington model 700 in 6mm Remington (Good thing CNBC didn’t turn this trivial fact up while on their anti-gun, Remington bashing kick. They would have blamed Remington for Whitman’s actions too.), a pump action Remington model 141 in .35 Remington and a .30 caliber M1 Carbine. You would think that with our current infatuation with PC, all of these rifles would now be called ARs or something much worse.
In case you are curious, HERE is a list of Whitman’s assault gear, per the police report. Good thing someone finally shot this guy.
As a sidebar to the Texas shooting story, Austin PD police officer Ramiro Martinez stated that the civilian shooters should be credited as they made it difficult for him to take careful aim. Too bad one of those civilians did not have an AR. Ohh, I’m sorry, “MSR”
Here’s the deal. America was made America by hearty folks that used their rifles to kill their food, fight for their independence and to take land away from the Indians. They carried the same rifles whether they were wearing their farming or hunting clothes or a uniform. Used them for weekend turkey shoots too.
American’s today are no different. We can and should be able to use our ARs for competition, hunting, fighting terrorists and for shooting bad guys out of towers on college campuses. Without having to worry about what we call those rifles.
When you think about it, there are only two rifles of modern popularity that are truly American; the lever action of any sort and the AR. Really, AR should stand for “America’s Rifle” This is where it originated, this is the country it protects and while it may not be the rifle that won the West but it might be the most versatile, reliable, accurate and easiest to maintain rifle in existence.
Yep, forget the PC, MSR crap, call it an “AR” and say it with feeling because here in America you can call your rifle anything you want!