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Connections: Jon Stokes On "Why I 'Need' An AR-15"

Jul 12, 2016

One of the most controversial pieces of weaponry in the country is the AR-15. Democratic Senators are calling for the AR-15 to be banned; one Senator even said that people only buy the gun to do bad things. But it's a popular firearm, and a recent piece defending the AR-15 has gone viral. Published in both Medium and Vox, Jon Stokes explains why he and millions of Americans appreciate the AR-15, and why they want other Americans to better understand it.

Stokes is a former Wired editor and founder of Ars Technica. He joins us to answer listener questions about why he thinks the AR-15 is unfairly criticized and targeted.