People ask me why I own military style riles. I start by telling them the world is an evil place with evil people and I wish to be as prepared as I possibly can to protect myself and my family. Why do I feel the world is an evil place with evil people let us look at the past. I am in my 50s and I once lived in a time and location that cars where left unlocked with the keys in the ignition and my family had no worries or thoughts that someone would ever take it. Our front door was unlocked and during the summer it was left open along with the windows to allow it to cool down at night with no worries or thoughts about anybody breaking in. As a kid in junior high and high school I hitched hiked to the lake with a buddy during the summer months or rode my bike cycle across town and my parents never worried that something bad would happen. Was there evil during this time the answer is yes as evil has always existed it just had not got to us yet. When I first realized that evil existed was in the early 70s with the trials of Charles Manson. Then around 1973 my buddy and I were hitch hiking into Spokane as usual and were picked up by a 20ish male and female with long hair and garb typical of the end of the hippy era. We got about a mile down the road when the female turned around in the front seat and pulled a large kitchen knife and started yelling and threatening us so when the car pulled up to a red light we bailed before it completely stopped leaving the doors wide open and ran for blocks and hid in someones back yard until we felt safe. We walked home and never hitch hiked again. Before this event the worst that ever happened was you where picked up by a born again Christian who would preach to you for the whole ride. Not long after this a neighbors house was broke into and some vandals broke out the front windows of anothers house down the block. The innocents of our area were changed forever. I was stationed at Whidbey Is air base in the late 70s early 80s during the time of the I-5 killings between Oregon and Washington. Quite often I would travel from Whidbey to the Spokane valley where I grew sometimes sleeping in my car in truck stops when I got tired. Because of the stuff going on with the I-5 killings and the world in general I decided to get my Washington Concealed Permit when I turned 21. So now let us move up to today crime is ramped and almost no one leaves anything unlocked, we have security cameras in many homes, apartments and almost all business. I have seen violence across the country grow and respect for others is now close to nonexistent. I watched on TV the LA riots (Rodney King Riots), the Oklahoma bombing and seen the 911 twin towers fall. Schools, Airports and State and federal buildings are on constant watch and lock down. People say that the police and the government will keep us safe and I ask where they were during the school shootings, the Oklahoma bombing and 911. During the LA riots they surrounded the area and waited for the destruction to die down before moving in by that time the place had almost burnt to the ground. The only buildings that survived were the ones guarded by the owners with firearms. This is not a ding on law enforcement they cannot be everywhere and they are not supermen who can foil crime before it happens even though they try their utmost to. Even the Supreme court said law enforcement does not have to protect you if they feel it is a threat to their life even though many will and with pride. The government scares me especially when you look at Ruby Ridge, Waco and Katrina and now Fast and Furious where our government allowed firearms to go to Mexico by the hundreds and possibly the thousands then blamed the civilians for running the guns. One of these killed a US border agent and just Saturday another gun let through was found at a crime seen in Mexico. I look at the news and wonder why all the agencies show up after the fact with all their military rifles it is because there still may be a bad guy and they want to be prepared. This is why I feel the need to have a military style rifle it is to protect my family when the police are not there and the government cannot protect me. I do not want them to show up after I am dead to assess the crime scene. I want to be the one who lives.