I understand why you wanted one, too: it’s an extremely popular rifle for a reason. You figured that getting one used from a reputable dealer was a good bargain, which it is. And as for the risk… what risk? Are you not a perfectly law-abiding individual? Have you not demonstrated that you’re a responsible citizen? Can you not be trusted with a semi-automatic weapon?
And indeed, you can be so trusted. But here’s the thing, Mark Kelly: WE CAN TRUST VIRTUALLY EVERY OTHER PERSON IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA WHO HAS EVER PURCHASED AN AR-15. As witnessed by the fact that we do not live in a post-Collapse urbanized wasteland.