There are a lot of legitimate reasons to buy assault rifles. Here are some reasons that are quite simply wrong. You need to be mature to handle a weapon with any credibility. Such maturity takes humility—a key ingredient in what it takes to be a hero.
Granted, that may be laying it on a bit thick, but having fun with an assault rifle takes certain qualities, otherwise you’re a danger to yourself and possibly others.
If you find yourself looking at assault rifles for sale with any of the following in mind, please do yourself and everyone else a favor and wait awhile. Learn from the good guys who serve or who have served our country.
1. Not taking it seriously. Sure you want to have fun with it, but you have to use it with respect—not only for the fine piece of equipment that it is, but respect for other people, too. Know how to hold the weapon when not in use and never aim it at anyone unless you intend to use it.
2. Thinking it’s a toy. This is not some cheap thrill you can toss in a toy box and pull out in several months ready to play again. A weapon needs to be treated with care and properly cleaned. One malfunction could ruin your day and perhaps someone else’s.
3. Using it as an extension of your emotions. Buy a punching bag to vent frustrations. Get therapy (and you don’t have to advertise it, but don’t be a wuss to get help when you need it). Yeah, I work with a bunch of jokers who like to let off steam, but when it comes to firearms, they are as mature as it comes. Yes, you need to be grown up, not just on the outside. An assault rifle can be fun, but it’s a deadly piece of equipment in the wrong hands. Make sure you’re ready for it.
4. Thinking it’s for defense in an urban or suburban setting. Unless the Russians, Chinese or Taliban get really crazy and set foot on our soil, an assault rifle in town or the city is nonsense. One round could go through a would-be intruder, the wall of your house, the neighbor’s wall, their pet collie, the teenager petting it, and their Mom, too. Protection in such close quarters requires far less power.
5. Again – thinking it’s a toy. Shooting at the Moon or the clouds may feel pretty cool when you’re celebrating, but those deadly projectiles will find the ground again in short order—unless someone gets in the way! Any weapon fired into the air is a nasty waste of ammunition, unless you’re firing at a known target. And deadly, too. An assault rifle is not some fireworks display and your gun permit does not allow you to set off fireworks, anyway.