The answer is "to shoot bad guys". That's not the only answer but it is a very good one.
The so called "assault rifle" or "tactical rifle" or "black gun", is supposed to be extra scary because, they are, and hoplophobes are scared of such things. Yes, that little exercise in rhetoric demonstrates the depth of the liberal mind when it comes to the topic.
Is it right to shoot bad guys with so called "assault rifles"? The Detroit Police think so.
Mom opens fire on home invaders in Detroit to defend children
The mother tells 7 Action News she "didn't have time to get scared." When she heard the door to her home on Woodrow Wilson being kicked in, she immediately warned the three teenage intruders and then opened fire.
One of the teens dropped a handgun on his way out the door. He then tried to get back inside the house a second time, but was again met with gunfire. Once again, he took off and all three were arrested shortly after the incident by Detroit Police.
1. The gun she had is an "assault" rifle. The reporters omitted that "fact". You'd have to ask them why.
2. The women in the story is black. I think that is only important in light of point #1.
3. The victim claims she wasn't scared, or in fear for her life.
4. She pulled the trigger before she knew they were armed.
5. She can't shoot worth crap.
6. Security cameras don't stop jack.
For those of you who don't know, back in the late 1960's Detroit enjoyed an extended block party that ended up with the Michigan National Guard driving tanks down Woodward Avenue to "quite things down a bit". Some history books refer to this as "the Detroit Race Riots". The reason the state of Michigan instituted handgun registration and limited concealed carry was to "keep guns out of the hands of the niggers". Interestingly when Michigan started giving out more concealed handgun permits it was a black mayor of Detroit, Coleman Young, who was opposed to it.
The left, aka Democrats, have a real fear of blacks and guns as demonstrated in the Black NRA parody:
The liberals are wrong. Every law abiding black in Detroit, and NYC, LA, etc should own and have readily available guns. I mean any gun they want. I mean loaded. You know what would happen? Crime rates would drop, dramatically. You know why? Black criminals don't just prey on whites. Mostly they prey on other blacks. Criminals go after targets of opportunity, in the black community, they rob, rape and kill other blacks. Those black victims should have every means available to fight back.
This is what Michigan Ave in Detroit looked like circa 1920's. Would you have felt safe?
I would have.
This is what it looks like today.
Feeling safe? Safer? Wondering how the heck you get back on Lodge and beat it out of there? Ya, me too.
Instead of taking guns away from the black community, we should be teaching them how to use them. I don't mean hunters safety. I mean combat shooting drills. I want good people to be able to stop bad people. I want the black inner city to be as safe as my rural community. Incidentally, I don't know anyone who doesn't own a gun. Seriously, everyone I know in my town owns at least one gun. Including my minister. He has a recorded and published 1 mile kill. I feel totally safe. I want that for all Americans.
Here is my offer to the lady in the news report, if you ever find yourself in WYO, please stop by my place. I'd be honored to help you with your gun handling skills. You deserve to be able to protect yourself. You deserve to be safe. Good on you for doing what you did. May the rest of Detroit go and do likewise.
*FWIW when that picture of Michigan Ave was taken in the 1920's you could buy a Thompson sub machine gun by mail order and the postman would bring it to your house, even in Detroit. No ID, no background check required.