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David Hogg: Kavanaugh is Wrong Because AR-15s Shoot Further than Handguns

David Hogg: Kavanaugh is Wrong Because AR-15s Shoot Further than Handguns

David Hogg in a video advertising the "March for Our Lives" gun control demonstration.Twitter / @davidhogg111

AWR Hawkins 7 Sep 2018

On September 5 gun control activist David Hogg suggested AR-15s cannot be used for self-defense because they shoot further than handguns. He made this suggestion via a tweet which he sent in response Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's testimony that AR-15s and other semiautomatic rifles are used for "self-defense."

Kavanaugh's full statement was that "handguns and semi-automatic rifles are weapons used for hunting and for self-defense."

But Hogg isolated the words "self-defense" and tried to make a point:

The effective range of an AR-15 is 1600 feet for comparison your typical handgun is 75 feet if you're shooting somebody from 1600 feet away you're not defending yourself_

_you're hunting.

Make the 2004 Massachusetts assault weapons ban federal law. #BanAssaultWeapons

- David Hogg (@davidhogg111) September 5, 2018

It should be noted that our nation has not witnessed an onslaught of individuals claiming they have used AR-15s or other commonly owned semiautomatic rifles for self-defense from 1,600 feet. In fact, deciding which guns can or cannot be used for self-defense based on effective range of rifles versus handguns is like deciding which car you will drive in a 35 mile per hour zone based on the vehicles' top speed.

Self-defense happens close and, contrary to Hogg's suggestion, it happens with AR-15s and other commonly owned semi-automatic rifles as well as with handguns.

If you train and know how to use it properly, it's not dangerous. And this is just a perfect example of good guy with an AR-15 stopped a bad guy with a knife. And there were no lives taken, so all in all it was a good day." As for Kavanaugh's mention that AR-15s and other semiautomatics being used for "hunting," on January 20, 2017, the Washington Post published a "White Paper" in which ATF Associate Deputy Director Ronald Turk said, "The use of AR-15s, AK-style, and similar rifles now commonly referred to as 'modern sporting rifles' has increased exponentially in sport shooting. These firearm types are now standard for hunting activities. ATF could re-examine its 20-year-old study to bring it up to date with the sport shooting landscape of today, which is vastly different than it was years ago."

AWR Hawkins is an award-winning Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News, the host of the Breitbart podcast Bullets with AWR Hawkins, and the writer/curator of Down Range with AWR Hawkins, a weekly newsletter focused on all things Second Amendment, also for Breitbart News. He is the political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him directly at Sign up to get Down Range at