I’ve been inquiring about rifles lately. I’ve been looking at many different semi auto rifles, and I’ve been financially planning to get one. I want a rifle for these reasons, to exercise my rights so I have a more feasible means to protect my family if my handguns are not enough, and for hobby/ sport. I have found an AR would be a great option because they are affordable, ergonomic, easy to use, reliable and easily customizable. They are also a big political controversy in the discussion of gun violence.
On the other hand, there are semi autos that look more like ”hunting rifles”. These guns do not appear as threatening to society, and they can easily be just as functional as an AR (for example, the mini 14).
I am not looking for gun recommendations. I merely want to discuss advantages vs disadvantages of low profile weapons (which I realize is relative to the times. Who knows, all rifles could become “High profile” like the AR15). I want to also say, when I do buy a rifle, I’m going to buy the rifle I want, and this is just a small, if not irrelevant reason for my choice. In the case of home defense, I will most likely always go to my pistol first because I have it easily locked up safely but quickly accessible on my nightstand, BUT if I reached for an AR15 in home defense, could that end up becoming a politically charged situation where I could look bad to a jury shown a tricked out modified AR? Could the jury look at a Mini 14, or any other lower profile rifle in a brighter light? (Again, I’m not asking if they should, only if this could happen. Many people, at least in liberal media, are extremely anti AR-15).
Just looking for good discussion.