Fred Guttenberg, whose daughter was killed in the Parkland shooting, replied to the NRA’s recent tweet: “The AR-15 is the modern weapon of choice for mass murders. It was used to kill my daughter and 16 others in school in 6 minutes. An everyday gun for those who want to kill as many as possible.”
Zach Elmore, who said his sister was wounded in the Mandalay Bay shooting in Las Vegas, tweeted, “I’d have liked my sister’s chances a lot more if a guy shooting from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay was using muskets instead of AR-15s. Instead, 58 were killed and my sister still has bullet fragments in her back.”
Assault weapons were not allowed to be sold in the United States until the ban expired under President George W. Bush in 2004.
Assault-style weapons have become a symbol for some in the pro-gun movement.