I had the opportunity to educate a co-worker on firearms today. He is your typical middle class baby boomer who comes from a suburban setting. He has had no exposure to firearms his whole life. He watches mainstream media and listens to politicians, so everything he knows about the AR-15 is from people who actually know very little about firearms. I pointed out some basic facts for him, all backed by actual sources. I explained to him that the AR-15 is simply another semi-automatic rifle no different than the hundreds of other makes and models sold on the market. That when compared side-by-side to a “non-scary looking” Ruger Mini-14 that he has never heard of, the two are almost functionally identical, just look different. That ARs are mainly target and small game guns and that they are seldom used by big game hunters. That the military does indeed use a very close version of the rifle, but also use many other guns that are comparable in the civilian market and are much deadlier, yet no one wants them banned. That most of the “scary features” are simply cosmetic in nature. That this particular rifle is easily identified because Hollywood and the media glorify it. And that pistols are actually the leader in gun deaths by 100 fold, yet never no mention of them because the victims are from forgotten inner cities where guns are banned and crime is out of control (oh and run by same people that want more gun control). I kept going with facts. This person was amazed by the information I presented to him. The media pushes a narrative because it stirs an emotional response and gets them ratings. Politicians use their agenda of “gun control” simply for votes. I say to those that listen to the media and think gun control may be the answer, please go out and do your own research. I will gladly have a debate with you if you are still on the fence. Don’t be swayed by bias. I guarantee you will think different. Unless of course you are truly liberal. In that case there is no changing your mind.