For One Colorado Rancher, An AR-15 Is A Tool To Protect His Herd

BY Herschel Smith
1 year, 9 months ago

KUNC.org:

That day, Scott had laid out some of his guns on the kitchen table. He isn’t sure how many he owns.

“I’d have to count them all,” he said with a chuckle. “Twenty-five to 30 I’m guessing. Just off the top of my head.”

Scott goes through his collection of firearms, some family heirlooms, some purchased, from hunting rifles to handguns, describing how they work and what kind of ammunition they take.

And then, the gun that scares everybody in the world,” Scott said as he unzipped a soft black case. “This is [an] AR-15 … And it’s a semi-automatic … I’m just as proud of that gun or this AR as, say, somebody on the Front Range that owns a GTO or a Mustang, a classic car.”

The AR-15 is a widely owned, semi-automatic rifle.

For many, it has a distinctively threatening look, from the color (black), to its pistol grip. While the AR-15 has been used in recent mass shootings, it accounts for a small percentage of firearm murders.

But when Scott hears people say things like, ‘Why would anybody have one except to kill people?” he has an answer:

“This is our No.1 defense against predators for our cattle,” he explained.

[ … ]

The cows need to be protected from predators, especially during calving season when coyotes and mountain lions are drawn into the barn by the scent of afterbirth.

The AR-15 is what Scott grabs on a winter night when he needs to stop a coyote before it eats one of the cows or newborns.

“For me, it’s the way its held,” he explained. “I’m more accurate with it, especially at night … I can hit coyotes, especially when they’re running.”

JJ prefers a .30-06, a traditional hunting rifle, because, Scott says, it has more “knock-down power.”

“[A] tool. I don’t look at it as a gun-gun,” Scott said. “I know some people are afraid of ’em. Some people are obsessed with them. I myself, I just see ’em as a gun.”

“We use ours more towards protecting our livestock,” he said. “We do hunt as a family and harvest the meat to feed our family, but it’s more like a tool than it is a weapon.”

[ … ]

Scott feels that if his guns were taken away or heavily restricted, his way of life would somehow change. But guns, of course, affect communities in different ways, especially in the context of gun violence.

He agrees that there should be some restrictions on guns to reduce gun violence. Instead of more regulations, he would prefer to “fine tune” existing regulations like background checks.

“The problem that we face as Americans today is too many people have just drawn the line,” said Scott. “They’re 100 percent anti-gun or 100 percent ‘Oh NRA, yeah, yeah, yeah.’ I’m in the middle there. I’m not pro-rally NRA, [though] I am an NRA member. On the other hand, [they’re] saying all guns are bad. And that’s not true.”

I have to say, Scott, that I don’t see you or this author as an ally at all.  First of all, while you have an answer for why you need a semiautomatic rifle, so do I, regardless of the fact that I’m not in the bush protecting my herd.

You see, there are threats wherever you live, some four-legged, some two-legged.  And I am suspecting that the author wouldn’t give me so much credence as [s]he did you.

Next, while you had me with your story about protecting your herd with AR-15s, which I do see as the perfect weapon for this, I’m not with you at all on the need for fine-tuning background checks.

You’re just engaging in myth-making, the same myth-making in which the progressives traffic.  That more scrutiny will make anyone safer.

We have a word for you.  It’s called Fudd.  You and your ilk assist the controllers rather than hinder their plans.  And you will have a target on your back just like all other AR-15 owners, regardless of the fact that you need one to defend your herd.  There will be no exceptions, and increased scrutiny is only the first of many steps they intend to take.

You’ll learn soon enough.

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  1. On December 19, 2018 at 5:51 am, Duke Norfolk said:

    Yes, these guys really do think that they can fend off the gun grabbers by convincing them that they are “reasonable” and “not one of those extremist crazies”, etc. ad nauseum. But they’re really just cowards who are afraid of being called names.

    It’s no different than immigration, racism, feminism, you name it. Too many on “the right” (ostensibly) are just afraid of being called names, and think that being that “moderate” guy in the middle will save them from the rabid horde. Nope, they’ll eat you eventually. And in the meantime you’re arguably being a traitor.

    What they really do is fracture is and allow the left to pick us off as they own the field, even though they’re really outnumbered.

  2. On December 19, 2018 at 8:21 am, Southern Deplorable said:

    …and some predators are no-legged

  3. On December 19, 2018 at 9:47 am, revjen45 said:

    Running the ranchers off is just one of the desirable (to the lefties) side effects of the War on Guns.

  4. On December 19, 2018 at 11:32 am, June J said:

    It is very difficult for me to grasp the minds of people like Scott, who seem willing to own and use guns, until new laws are passed that make firearms illegal except in the hands of government agents.

  5. On December 19, 2018 at 12:26 pm, Towser said:

    One viable answer to “Why do you need x weapon?” is “Why do YOU need to stick your nose in my business?”

    I’ve had it with the grabbers. There is no talking to them. If they REALLY wanted to be “reasonable” they would support the repeal of ALL gun laws and leave the Second Amendment stand as the final word.

  6. On December 19, 2018 at 1:24 pm, Longbow said:

    Well, you see? HE has a legitimate excuse to have his AR-15 rifle…

  7. On December 19, 2018 at 6:02 pm, Georgiaboy61 said:

    “An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last.” ― Winston S. Churchill

  8. On December 19, 2018 at 10:47 pm, Heywood said:

    Not. One. Inch.

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