McChrystal: Assault Rifles Aren't for Civilians
Former general calls for 'serious action' on guns
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Jan 8, 2013 1:46 PM CST
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(Newser) – Former Gen. Stanley McChrystal took a firm stance on gun control during a Morning Joe appearance today, demanding "serious action." Discussing the M-16 and M-4 assault weapons he used as a soldier, he noted that "the effects are devastating. ... That’s what our soldiers ought to carry. I personally don’t think there’s any need for that kind of weaponry on the streets and particularly around the schools in America."

Both James Holmes and Adam Lanza used AR-15s, civilian models of McChrystal's weapons, in mass shootings, MSNBC notes. "We’ve got to protect our children, we’ve got to protect our police, we’ve got to protect our population," McChrystal said. "Sometimes we talk about very limited actions on the edges, and I just don’t think that’s enough." He added: "The number of people in America killed by firearms is extraordinary compared to other nations, and I don’t think we’re a bloodthirsty country." (Gabby Giffords and her husband have launched a new gun-control group.)

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WeThePpl
Jan 12, 2013 10:22 AM CST
Question for you McChrystal. Scenario: You're a member of the 'Sons of Liberty' during America's birth pangs. AKs & M16s, M-4s ARE AVAILABLE. Do you think you would have ever been made a General if you had told the civilian militia forces, "Assault Rifles Aren't for Civilians"? I for one would argue, "WHO'S SIDE ARE YOU ON?"
9SEABEE
Jan 11, 2013 8:54 PM CST
Here's a thought. I'm a law abiding citizen, way over 21. I don't need ANYONE to tell me what gun I can own. If it's not fully automatic, it's NOBODY'S business. When the thugs come knocking, go cower in your basement, and maybe I'll come over to save your stupid ass. Actually you won't need saving because you'll probably be in a government-run commune. I don't see it in my life, but I believe it's coming. First the assault rifles, then ammo, then watch out.
Libris_Fidelis
Jan 11, 2013 4:42 PM CST
"Both James Holmes and Adam Lanza used AR-15s, civilian models of McChrystal's weapons..." I just have to shake my head at how ignorant people are! THE CIVILIAN MODEL OF THE M-16 IS THE AR-12... THE MILITARY MODEL OF THE M-16 IS THE AR-15 !!!!! THEY ARE NOT THE SAME!!!! True... BOTH are illegitimately stamped AR-15 by Dolt (no mistake in my using the "D" here), it is highly irresponsible for Dolt to continue stamping the magazine receivers of the AR-12 as "AR-15" when the civilian model is not presented as an AR-15! And Dolt does it deliberately for buyers' egos! For crying out loud use the correct terminology even if Dolt deliberately misrepresents its product! (I am a life member of the National Defense Industrial Association, whose publication National Defense has had several articles on the difference between the AR-12 and the AR-15)