The story behind the AR-15 in the Florida shooting

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The Florida school shooting has people around the country questioning gun laws in the United States again.

Eugene Stoner invented the AR-15 in 1959. The assault rifle was created as a military weapon — not meant for sport or defense. The stoner family spoke out in an anonymous MSNBC interview.

Our father, Eugene Stoner, designed the AR-15 and subsequent M-16 as a military weapon to give our soldiers an advantage over the AK-47. He died long before any mass shootings occurred. But, we do think he would have been horrified and sickened as anyone, if not more by these events.

The AR-15 rifle used in the attack was purchased legally, at Sunrise Tactical Supply in Florida, according to a federal law enforcement official. However, it has also been stated that this AR-15 is easier to purchase than a handgun in the area.

This weapon appeared in the Sandy Hook shooting, the Aurora shooting, the San Bernardino shooting, and the Umpqua Community College shooting, according to Bustle.com.

Considering is military intent, and Activists are actively fighting for the ban of the AR-15 rifle as a legal purchase.

19 year old Nicholas Cruz has confessed “began shooting students that he saw in the hallways and on school grounds,” according to a police arrest report released Thursday (via The New York Times).

Cruz had the semi automatic AR-15 rifle, and also shot inside multiple classrooms on the first and second floor of Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland last Wednesday.

Afterwords, Cruz reportedly dropped his weapons and blended into the crowd of fleeing students to get away, authorities said. Cruz was arrested by police at 3:41 p.m.

“He looked like a typical high school student, and for a quick moment I thought, could this be the person who I need to stop?” said Officer Michael Leonard.

Cruz will face 17 accounts of premeditated murder and is being held without bond at the main Broward County Jail.

Activists are actively fighting for the ban of the AR-15 rifle as a legal purchase.

 

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