Sonora Rebel wrote:
As a defensive firearm in close quarters¬*an AK clone's¬*not worth squat.¬* It has no utility for that purpose unless ya want to mount a bayonet 'n go for it. ¬*As a political 'statement'... it drives the anti's nuts and instills fear in the rest of the sheep who wouldn't know a '92 Winchester from a '50 Chevrolet and don't care.¬* Perception is everything... even if it's the wrong perception of the message being sent.¬* AK's are scary lookin' to Joe 'n Jane Sixpack... 'don't matter the 'intent'.¬* They don't care either.¬* Like that goof in TN wanderin' around in a park wearin'¬*cammo with a slung Draco with an orange painted muzzle break.¬* WTF?¬* Wild eyed 'Activists' are a PITA for the rest of us.¬* What you do there affects me down here.¬* The 'gun-nut' lable is applied nationally with a broad brush by the media.¬*¬* I have these weapons 'cause I'm within' sight of Mexico... 'n whatever's comin' this direction from there.¬* Many of us out here in the open range desert¬*do.¬*¬*
As far as defensive use, you know better than I do. For the rest of that, we're showing that it's just not true. Most folks here don't care one way or the other. The overwhelming majority of people really don't think much of it either way. The problem is the extremely loud minority of the frightened unenlightened. Folks who didn't grow up around guns, and only know what media tells them.
The guy in the park: I admit, it's creepy, but nothing came of it, IIRC.
If I were there, I'd have them, too. On the other hand, I'm HERE, and I have them. Gun laws of Arizona are looked upon here as a lofty goal to reach. I don't know about the rest of us, but I envy the freedoms you take for granted there. The bottom line is, carrying an AK as a pistol is legal here, regardless of the practicality or level of acceptance. The folks who have the balls to carry this thing in public are among the folks who have been most influential in making some of the sweeping changes we've had here. For that, I'm thankful, and glad to have been part of the movement.