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Missouri Legislator Proposes Law Requiring Every Eligible Adult Own an AR-15

The legislation would require eligible gun owners between the ages of 18-34 to own an AR-style rifle.

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The Armalite AR-15 semiautomatic rifle is one of the most commonly owned forms of firearm in the United States, and a new proposal from a Missouri House Representative could make the rifle even more popular in American communities.

Andrew McDaniel has proposed what he’s calling the “McDaniel Militia Act,” a law that would require every resident of Missouri between the ages of 18 and 34 to own an AR-15 style rifle. 75% of the firearm’s cost could be written off as a tax deduction under the law.

The law specifies that the requirement is only applicable to individuals not prohibited from possessing a firearm under state and federal law.

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McDaniel’s long-shot legislation would be relatively unprecedented in the recent history of gun laws in the United States. He proposed another bill earlier this month requiring that every eligible adult in Missouri over the age of 21 obtain a pistol.

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The title of the Militia Act suggests that the purpose of the bill is to create a well-armed civilian community throughout the state, possibly serving as a deterrent to terrorism, crime and the usurpation of rightful authority.

However, there’s reason to think McDaniel’s idea might not be the most effective way of creating a healthy and enduring gun culture in the state. The Second Amendment recognizes the people’s right to arm themselves, as opposed to requiring it. Requiring individuals unfamiliar with gun safety to own an AR-15 could lead to negative consequences.

A more realistic and beneficial policy proposal might consist in mandating gun safety courses in public high schools. Such courses would embrace the real meaning of gun safety in teaching people how to safely own and use guns, as opposed to the false progressive conflation of “gun safety” with gun control. Some Iowa school districts are already instructing youngsters in how to properly and safely exercise their Second Amendment rights, potentially averting tragic accidents and preparing the state’s youth to be responsible gun owners.

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Black Rifle Coffee Does Not Support Second Amendment Hero Kyle Rittenhouse

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Black Rifle Coffee, a coffee company based in Salt Lake City, is not defending 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse.

The company said that it was against a tweet that Blaze Media reporter, Elijah Schaeffer,  posted that featured Rittenhouse wearing a Black Rifle Coffee Company shirt captioned “Kyle Rittenhouse drinks the best coffee in America.” Rittenhouse was released on November 20, 2020 after supporters were able to raise $2 million for his bail. 

In the tweet, Schaeffer posted a discount code for the coffee. Sara Tabin of The Salt Lake Tribune noted that online Twitter users “questioned whether the coffee company had a sponsorship deal with Rittenhouse and accused it of supporting murder and hate.”

This prompted Black Rifle Coffee, the sponsor of the Slightly Offens*ve podcast, to release a statement on November 21 declaring that it is not sponsoring or supporting Rittenhouse.

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Initially, there was a misunderstanding about the company withdrawing its sponsorship of Slightly Offens*ve. However, a spokesperson for the company told the Salt Lake Tribune on November 21 that “We are not fluctuating our ad spend.” The coffee spokesperson added “We did have a conversation with Schaffer, and he understands that the post was a mistake.”

She stressed, “We don’t traffic in national tragedy and to us, that’s what this is. We are not legal experts or members of law enforcement. We fully support all law enforcement officials and believe in the integrity of the legal system.”

The spokesperson reiterated that the company will maintain its sponsorship of Blaze Media. She explained: “Our concern is that use of the discount code in the post did not reflect our values. That’s a concern we’ve addressed with the journalist and that he understands.”

Blaze employees “make decisions about how to allocate ad dollars within the Blaze,” she remarked. Although the spokesperson did not go into further detail about the company’s status as a podcast sponsor, it noted that the coffee company and the Blaze are in talks about “how to move forward with the allocation of ad dollars.”

Black Rifle Coffee positions itself as a pro-Second Amendment, conservative company that was founded by veterans. Black Rifle Coffee co-founder Evan Hafer released a statement on November 21 declaring that “We do not support legal advocacy efforts. We do not sponsor nor do we have a relationship with the 17-year-old facing charges in Kenosha, WI.”

At the moment, Rittenhouse is facing two counts of first-degree murder for shooting and killing Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber during a Black Lives Matter riot back in August. In addition, he’s being charged with one count of being a minor in possession of a firearm. During the riots, Rittenhouse was attacked by Rosenbaum. Rittenhouse was carrying an AR-style rifle as he was walking down the street to protect private property from looters.

It is disappointing to see supposedly pro-Second Amendment businesses fold to the mob. Although the Left is very effective at mass politics and causing certain businesses to get cancelled, some businesses will have to take a stand. Submission to these radicals only encourages them to become bolder in their attacks. 

Can Americans actually grow a spine for once?

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