Why I Love Shooting an AR-15 – A Progressive View on a Controversial Rifle

AR 15 With ScopeI think you know by know that I fully feel that liberals can be gun enthusiasts.  I understand that gun control can have its’ pitfalls and I’m all for a stronger control mechanism around people that have had potential mental health issues in the past, but I truly feel that any person that leans more towards the left can still enjoy gun ownership at a very responsible level.

With that being said, I know a lot of my friends will scoff at me when I talk about shooting an AR-15.  I know it’s looked down upon in most left leaning political circles, but the AR-15 honestly is really fun to shoot.  As with any gun, I think that most lefties like to rule out gun ownership altogether and don’t fully give themselves the ability to enjoy everything that the world of firearms truly has to offer.  For me, I made sure that when I went shopping to equip my AR-15 that it was not only properly geared up from a safety perspective but also from an optics perspective to make sure I had the maximum visibility to practice shooting my AR safely and responsibly.

When I first got out to the range to shoot my AR as well equipped as it is now, I can’t explain how much fun I had.  Most liberals are against firearms (see my article here) but because most won’t give a gun a chance, they don’t understand just how liberating shooting a tactical rifle can be.  Trust me when I say that learning to shoot an AR-15 was well outside of my initial comfort zone and it took a TON of convincing to get me to even get near one when I was used to shooting my 9mm pistol that I’ve owned for years.  Once I did it though, I can truly tell you that the experience is absolutely worth it.  The AR-15 is now one of the rifles that I’m absolutely the happiest with as possible when it comes to the guns in my gun safe.

Overall, if you are someone that’s truly on the fence about shooting an AR-15, I’d just ask that you get out there and test one out before you completely judge it.  It’s unfair to the gun supporting community to truly rule out a firearm like this when it comes down to really giving the gun itself the benefit of the doubt.  Trust me, I’m still a lefty on the inside and this article has been REALLY hard to write.  Overall though, I can’t tell you how thankful I am that I actually let myself get to the shooting range and really cut loose with a rifle I’ve always wanted to try shooting for as long as I can remember.

What I think of Gun Safety as a Progressive Thinking Liberal

Gun SafetyWhile most people are quick to judge and suggest that most liberals would rather ban firearms than propose methods for their safe use, many liberals are interested in gun safety and continuing to use firearms. When it comes to general gun safety from a left-leaning liberal point of view, much of the views are the same but an emphasis on control and safety is how we can solve a lot of the issues with gun safety in the United States.

Many liberals that are interested in firearms are quick to join into gun clubs where they can feel safe. Organizations like the liberal gun club are just such a place for liberals to learn the type of gun control that they want to feel confident and to feel safe as they are using fire arms. The nice part about joining one of these organizations is that you can learn some of the basics of how to use a firearm, how to appropriately store a firearm and how you can advocate safety and control of firearms in your own local area to prevent accidents and tragedy.

One of the greatest pillars of liberal gun control is proper storage and safety. Many liberals take this extremely seriously and when it comes to properly storing any firearms it’s usually done in safes and potentially even individual locked boxes for every single fire arm. Illuminating the chances that guns could be stolen or that they could fall into the wrong hands is always a big concern and with the proper lockboxes you can prevent accidents as well as ensure that none of your firearms will fall into the wrong hands. Part of being an enthusiast involves being socially conscious and careful and locking guns up tight is one of the best ways that you can do this.

Education is also a big pillar of liberal gun control. Sure you can have views on gun safety and for the right to bear arms but ultimately to have the right to own a firearm you need to educate yourself with how you can use it safely. This is why so many liberal gun owners are consistently going to the range, reading up about weapons online and getting professional instructors to teach them everything that they need to know about the proper cleaning process, how to use the safety features on a variety of different weapons and more. Education can prevent accidents and help you to understand all of the features in your hobby.

Registration: registration and insurance is a big part of being a firearms enthusiast. We need to be very professional and logging the types of guns that you have, we need to have the correct permits for them and if possible it’s a good idea to take some type of certification or training course in gun safety before you even fire a weapon. Having registration and certifications under your belt will make sure that you can enjoy weapons safely and even be able to pass that knowledge along to other liberal gun owners.

Although many of the pillars for liberal gun owners are the same as conservative gun owners ultimately the emphasis is on education and responsibility. Armed with the right knowledge and the right preventative measures you can enjoy guns safely no matter what political affiliation you might have.

Why I Think Liberals Can Be Gun Enthusiasts

Gun ShootingQuite often when we think of gun enthusiasts our first thoughts turn to people of a conservative political background. Although we often think of a typical political stance for a gun enthusiast, the truth is no matter what your views are politically, there is still a universal appeal or at least some small subset of enthusiasts across the entire political spectrum. This means that liberals are getting out on weekends and enjoying guns just like the rest of us.

No one person can be placed in a box based off of their political views and although someone may vote liberally, doesn’t mean that they don’t believe in their right to own firearms or at least use them recreationally or for hunting. Although organizations like the NRA are based in a conservative mindset left-leaning gun enthusiasts exist in great numbers and are just as knowledgeable and enthusiastic about various aspects of gun ownership and shooting as the next right-leaning gun enthusiast.

There are a large amount of Democrat gun owners many of which grew up in Republican households and has been discussing the issue of gun control and gun ownership with their peers over many years. Liberals have established gun clubs, organized amendments for gun control, established petitions for government officials and worked to educate the public about guns for years.

It seems as though for a long time being both a liberal and an enthusiast of firearms or a gun owner really wasn’t the biggest issue. For some liberal organizations however something as simple as owning a gun can be grounds for dismissal from a group. Unfortunately many liberal political organizations look down upon members who keep guns in their house, don’t agree with some of the issues of gun control, and those who regularly use guns and shoot recreationally. There have even been instances where shortly after an issue like Sandy Hook, members of political organizations have been essentially kicked out based off of their views on gun control and for owning firearms.

While firearm control is a hot button issue in the United States, there are still plenty of liberal organizations which allow their members to freely discuss their views on firearms and to feel less ostracized enjoying their hobbies while keeping their political point of view intact. Organizations like the liberal gun club give firearms enthusiasts an alternative to joining the NRA and help them to find other like-minded individuals with a passion for firearms.

Yes, gun enthusiasts can be liberal and there are even resources available to help them find other like-minded individuals to share their passion.