The children and grandchildren of inventor Eugene Stoner who invented the AR 15 assault rifle says he never intended this rifle for use by civilians. He designed it for the military and made his millions from military contracts for the weapon. He also designed the subsequent M-16 for the military. He never owned a AR 15 himself and never used it for hunting, other sports, or home protection. The family said Stoner would be horrified if he knew the weapon he designed were being used in mass shootings by civilians. Stoner died in 1997 at age 74 after which a semi-automatic version of the weapon came into civilian use. He also designed the .223 bullets for the weapon.
I’m afraid Mr Stoner was conned just like the inventors of the Atom Bomb were conned. They were told that the weapon would never be used and were horrified when the US dropped not one but two on WW2 Japan. But, alas, anytime one designs a new weapon you can count on it being used as proved time and time again by history.
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