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originally posted by: 00018GE
I get tired of hearing the news media talking heads saying that AR-15's are designed to kill. AR-15's and the like AND military rounds in general are designed to wound NOT kill. Wounding an enemy soldier takes more soldiers off the battlefield than killing enemy soldiers. These kinds of weapons are designed to wound. I don't understand why no one calls them on this more often.
Wounding an enemy soldier takes more soldiers off the battlefield than killing enemy soldiers.
A lethal weapon means a deadly weapon. Any firearm, device, instrument, material, or any other substance that is capable of producing great bodily harm or death from the manner it is used or intended to be used, may be referred to as a lethal weapon. A gun, sword, knife, pistol, or the like, is a lethal weapon, as a matter of law, when used within striking distance from the person assaulted.
The use of lethal weapon supports finding of second-degree murder, however, its use is not of itself sufficient to support first-degree murder conviction in absence of evidentiary circumstances surrounding killing from which logical inference may be drawn as to premeditation and deliberation. [People v Hoffmeister (1975) 394 Mich 155, 229 NW2d 305]. However, the use of lethal weapon supports inference of intent to kill. [People v Ray (1974) 56 Mich App 610, 224 NW2d 735].
AR rifles have grown immensely in popularity, and with good reason. These light-recoiling, durable semiautos make sense not only for military and law enforcement applications, but also for self-defense, competition and target shooting. ARs also make excellent hunting rifles, and there are a growing number of hunters who rely on their ARs to put meat in the freezer.