It is amazing the number of urban legends present about AR-15 and AK-47 rifles prevalent among the general population. Most of the information is lies and propaganda put out by the left wing press and spread by individuals who are gullible.

For instance, Google “AR-15” and find out it is a military weapon that can be fired as a fully automatic rifle and it is not an assault weapon. Military weapons are not for sale except to a very few collectors in the U.S. and never show up at gun shops or gun shows. The AK-47 is a military weapon made in Europe and is not for sale here. The gun manufacturers may have made a mistake by building sporting and hunting rifles on a platform that closely resembles a military weapon.

Then let’s talk about assault weapons. A real military AR-15 would definitely be used to assault an enemy position, but they would also be used to hold some ground from an attack, in which case they would become a defense weapon. The term “assault weapon,” the way it is used by the press, is a made up word to elicit an emotional response. Remember: The media are mostly anti-gun and they have people working for them who are masters of omitting words to change the truth of a story.

Another urban legend is the gun show loophole. Don’t you think that if you could just walk into a gun show and walk out with a weapon, the media would have amassed a long list of secretly recorded transactions on tape to justify that lie?

There have been two recent letters in the paper that I take to be wrong. One talked about a person walking into a gun show and walking out with an AR-15. I would love to have the author attend the next gun show in Fort Walton Beach show with me and see how easy it is. The other was an indictment of the proliferation of AR-15 assault weapons, implying that they are military weapons.

I believe there is no justification for a bump stock to even exist.

Robert Taft, Miramar Beach