AR-15: The Swiss Army Knife Of Guns

BY Herschel Smith
3 months, 1 week ago

We’ve all seen the ruling in California concerning AR-15s, a ruling that was righteous and correct, but which is likely to be overturned by the Ninth Circus.

Anyway, here is a sampling of the reactions from the chattering class.

“Like the Swiss Army Knife, the popular AR-15 rifle is a perfect combination of home defense weapon and homeland defense equipment,” U.S. District Judge Roger Benitez said in the ruling. Leaving aside the question of why civilians are purchasing “homeland defense equipment” (did we forget to include the Army line in the budget this year?), this makes total sense.

What two items could be more directly and obviously comparable than an AR-15 and a Swiss Army knife? I can’t think of how many times I’ve used an AR-15 to open a bottle of wine. Whenever I need a toothpick but cannot find one, I just whip out my AR-15. Conversely, whenever I am entering a theater of war, I always remember to pack my Swiss Army knife. That way, if anyone comes at me, I can offer to help them open a bottle, which will be so confusing to them that perhaps I can just get up and walk away before anyone notices I have gone. I very much understand how things work in theaters of war.

Sometimes you wish you had a nail file, but you don’t have one, and at times like these it is so good to have such a versatile tool as the AR-15, designed for home defense and homeland defense, which will shoot a very large number of bullets into something to help you express your frustration at not having a nail file.

How often have you thought, “I wish I had a pair of scissors and a corkscrew that fit into my pocket?” and then reached into your pocket and felt it: the AR-15.

And the lame attempts at sarcasm go on and on.  Here is another.

“I think it’s incredibly problematic when a federal judge quotes things that are factually incorrect, because it hurts the integrity of the branch,” said Jessica Levinson, a law professor at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles who is an MSNBC columnist.

[ … ]

Constitutional law scholar Laurence Tribe, a professor emeritus at Harvard Law School, said Benitez’s assertions are “utterly without factual foundation.”

It’s called the genetic fallacy.  This author tries to line up people who disagree with the judge, one of whom is a commentator for none other than his own silly outfit, the other (Tribe) whom you could probably get to agree to sue little green men on Mars in federal court.  He’s a certifiable kook.

What these commentators and their line of “experts” simply cannot understand is why the judge would call this the Swiss army knife of guns.

They cannot understand that there are over twenty million of these rifles in circulation now, and many more to come.  They cannot understand that they can be used equally well by people large and small.

They can be easily maintained and cleaned, used for self defense, used for target shooting, and with a different upper receiver (say a 300 BO or 6.8 SPC upper) used for hunting deer or feral hogs – or used in 5.56mm/.223 to shoot Coyotes who are ensconced on your property and endangering your small children when they go out to play.

These people have never been chased by hogs or coyotes, never had all of their chickens killed by a fox, never hunted deer, and apparently never had to worry about crime, living behind gated communities as they do.

They falsely believe that home invasions are perpetrated by one person, and only one person, and that the police are only seconds away when a 911 call is made.  They even believe it’s the duty of the police to protect them despite court rulings like Castle Rock v. GonzalezWarren v. District of Columbia and DeShaney v. Winnebago County

And as for the whole notion of use to ameliorate tyranny, they would have sided with King George, so that argument convinces them of nothing.  They believe in tyranny.

There is no use of a weapon by any individual outside of actors on behalf of the state of which they approve.

These people quite literally live in a different world than you do.  They usually do not get outside the beltway, they only fly over the areas you live, and those nasty animals are something the wildlife game managers should handle.

I’ve talked with them before.  Their most daring event is when they walk their dog and hear something in the brush, hurry back home, and decide not to do that again so near dusk.

They are the effeminate chattering class, and they don’t see why you need or would want guns.  They don’t understand the modularity of AR-15s well enough to know why a judge would refer to its massively varied utility.  They would rather sip Chardonnay than worry about your problems.

They know enough to be sarcastic, and to want to disarm you.  But that horse left the barn years ago.  There’s no getting him back in.  He’s long gone.


  1. On June 8, 2021 at 10:19 pm, dave in pa. said:

    you know it is kind of funny, i spent time with the 101st during some bad times and i had people ask me what knife i carried. well, i carried a swiss army champ in a buck case on
    my web gear. along with the damn m7 of course. but i used the swiss army knife a whole lot more than the other one. best thing for opening c-rations i ever used.

  2. On June 9, 2021 at 12:02 am, Archer said:

    The Swiss Army Knife comment is literally the first sentence in Judge Benitez’s ruling.

    That the enemies of liberty have glommed so hard on it and declared — based on that one sentence — that the ruling is without any factual basis tells me one thing with absolute certainty:

    Other than that introduction, they haven’t read the ruling.

    I know this because the rest of the ruling is rich in facts, statistics, academic findings, and Constitutional analysis. It is extremely thorough. But the enemies of liberty aren’t even talking about any of it. I have to conclude they didn’t get that far.

    If I were in Judge Benitez’s place, I would be tempted to intentionally put something I knew the enemies of liberty would be outraged over in the first sentence, so that they’d disregard the rest and make asses of themselves. If you think about it, every Leftist making jabs about “an AR-15 is not a Swiss Army Knife” is effectively outing themselves as someone who didn’t read past that line.

    Can you think of a better way to make them self-identify as ignoramuses and false intellectuals? Because I sure can’t.

  3. On June 9, 2021 at 8:27 am, JoeFour said:

    I understand the analogy to the Swiss army knife but thought at the time, and still do, that the honorable judge should have left it out and gone with simply saying: “The popular AR-15 rifle is a perfect combination of home defense weapon and homeland defense equipment…” I figured the communist opposition would use the comparison both as a point for ridicule and as a way to ignore the substantive arguments in the judge’s ruling. Looks like I was right.

  4. On June 9, 2021 at 9:54 am, billrla said:

    The AR-15 also slices, dices and makes great julienne fries (with attached bayonet).

  5. On June 9, 2021 at 12:10 pm, Brad said:

    “and homeland defense equipment”

    That right there is what scares the poop out of the left. And for good reason.

  6. On June 9, 2021 at 1:04 pm, Baddog said:

    Swiss Army knife indeed. With the Lysol spray attachment it can even sanitize your bathroom.

  7. On June 9, 2021 at 5:21 pm, Torcer said:

    Anti-Liberty Leftists Can’t Deal With the Fact That AR-15s Save Lives and Are Common Like Swiss Army Knives

    In the messaging war you can always tell what the authoritarian socialist left is afraid of by what they vehemently attack.

    The video is from Braden from Langley Outdoors Academy that has been tracking the changes in how the authoritarians of the anti-liberty Left have been incessantly attacking our common sense civil rights over the past 6 months. In particular, he noticed that many of the authoritarian socialist media became obsessed over the first line in the Introduction of the decision Miller v. Bonta

    Consider the unhinged reaction that had to be edited for excessive profanity that begins with an insane headline:

    Moloch is Hungry

    Moloch is Hungry

    I’m done. Guns wreck civil society. There’s no justification for allowing some a…….e who has doubts about his sexual prowess to make life/death decisions whenever and wherever they want. Etc.

    And note what I’m reading as a pretty d….n clear signal in the quote-fragment above. Californians who are not sworn LEOs or members of the armed forces need “homeland defense equipment”?

    This of course illustrates the point that it’s time to start referring to the authoritarian Left as anti-liberty and not just ‘anti-gun’ because we lose the argument when its framed as ‘pro-gun/anti-gun’. Since they inherently think of guns as evil, the subliminal message to the public is one of “pro-evil/anti-evil” with the Left ending up on the winning side of that messaging.

    The point in all of this is that authoritarian left has spent a lot of time demonising the AR-15 and “Assault Weapons” in general. They are openly attacking this comparison because it makes this extremely popular and ubiquitous rifle what it truly is, a tool of self-defence for everyone.

    Anti-liberty Leftists cannot abide the truth of the matter, attacking with as much vehemence as they can muster to try and suppress it. It’s time that we push back remind everyone that indeed, the AR-15 is the ‘Swiss army knife’ that saves lives.

  8. On June 14, 2021 at 8:00 pm, Fred said:

    The AR 15 clearly the anchovy board game of oak tree roots, and that is exactly why I have one.

  9. On June 16, 2021 at 1:08 pm, Frank Clarke said:

    I just got around to reading the decision (all 94 pages of it).

    Wow. Just ‘wow’. The judge smacked the AG with a baseball bat to the face at least once on every page. He stopped just short of calling the AG a pathological liar.

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