Yesterday, one of my wife's co-workers asked me to direct him to a reputable source for an "assault rifle." Not an AR. Not an AK. Not a Mini-14 or something more uncommon—just an "assault rifle." "What do you want it for?" I asked. "To have around, you know, just in case." It also came out that he wasn't going to tell his raving liberal wife. (I'd like to be a fly on the wall for when that discovery inevitably occurs.) Turns out he wants one because he wanted to be ready for the standard issue societal disorders and the like. Name an acronym for these scenarios of your choosing and he'd been pondering it. I told him he didn't need a black rifle, "Not yet anyway. You need to start with a handgun you can better hide from your wife if that's really your plan." "But what if Congress or the Legislature bans assault weapons?" "You still don't need one. If you want one that's a different story." "What do you use?" Like we were discussing condoms or something. "I carry a Beretta PX4, and my main long gun is a either a Mossberg 590 or my 590A1 depending on where in the house I am." Then I had to explain that though I had rifles, including a couple he would want right there if he could buy them off me, that they were safe queens. "I don't need them to defend myself, that's a fantasy directly from the net for us city folks unless you have livestock or acres of property to defend that I don't know about" I told him. "I have mine only because I am a veteran familiar with the M-16 and M-4 series rifles AND there are a lot of people out there who simply don't want me to have them, but you still don't need one, especially during panic buying season where you might get gouged." I ended the convo by telling him the best reason to get an AR is not the net fantasies he'd picked up, but to make them harder to ban, but he should get a concealable duty caliber handgun first. Am I wrong?