During the latest congressional committee hearing regarding SH-216--Sen. Feinstein's latest attempt to ban assault weapons and high capacity magazines (whatever that means), Al Franken shared his observation that he had never heard of an AR-15 being used for self defense. Want to write him and send some examples or just tell him what an idiot he is, heres the link to the article: Al Franken Wants to Hear Your AR-15 Story! Or you can go right to his website to send an e-mail: Email Al on an Issue | Al Franken | Senator for Minnesota I just expressed that courtesy of Uncle Sugar, 45 years ago I learned how to use an M-16 fairly well for defense and think I have adapted to the semiautomatic AR-15s functional capabilities very well. I think a lot of current Military will adapt very well from an M-4 to the semiautomatic version AR-15. Also mentioned the AR-15 must be a good defense weapon as Homeland Defense just ordered 7000 and labeled them as being PDWs defined as personal defense weapons.