John Kerry praises Biden for willingness to fight against ‘AR-16 with a long clip’ (Video)

While speaking at a Biden campaign event in North Liberty, Iowa, on Saturday, former Secretary of State John Kerry, who, by the way, served in Vietnam before trashing American service members (as late as 2006), praised White House hopeful Joe Biden for his willingness to do something about an “AR-16 with a long clip,” Breitbart’s AWR Hawkins reported Sunday.

“You heard from Joe about the things he did with the NRA, that took courage, Delaware’s a tough state. I’m a hunter, I’m a gun owner, been that all my life,” Kerry said, reminding us of that time in October 2004 when he walked into an Ohio grocery store and asked, “Can I get me a hunting license here?”

The former Massachusetts Senator wasn’t finished.  He went on to say that “…there’s not a veteran here who would take an AR-16 with a long clip out to go out and shoot a deer or to shoot anything. But now we have a crowd that was willing to bring them back, and we saw what happened in Las Vegas and other places.”

On that we have to agree with the former Secretary of State, but not for the reasons he and his fellow gun-grabbing leftists might think (More on that, below the video).

Here’s video, with the relevant portion starting at about the 42:18 mark:

Of course, we’re all familiar with the AR-15 and the M-16, the rifle carried by U.S. forces for years.  Believe it or not, there was, once upon a time, an AR-16, but it never entered full production, according to GunWiki:

The AR-16 was developed shortly after ArmaLite’s previous rifle, the AR-15. It was designed by Eugene Stoner in 1959 and unlike the AR-15, it was not intended for domestic use by the US Army; it was instead marketed towards emerging nations with a limited industrial base. The 7.62×51mm cartridge was selected for the AR-16, rather than the 5.56×45mm cartridge which had recently been standardized by NATO, because it was perceived that the AR-16’s intended customers would be still reliant on 7.62mm and unwilling to buy 5.56mm rifles. In a marketing ploy, ArmaLite also emphasized that the machine tools used to produce the gun could be re-purposed for agricultural and office purposes.

The AR-16 was briefly marketed in the early 1960s but never entered full production due to a lack of sales. There was very little interest in the design, as most NATO member states were in the process of adopting the 5.56×45mm cartridge, and countries that were still using 7.62×51mm were largely satisfied with the FN FAL. In order to adapt to the changing market, ArmaLite redesigned the weapon in 5.56mm; this evolved into the ArmaLite AR-18.

Plans were made for several variants of the standard AR-16, including a 9×19mm submachine gun and a civilian sporting rifle. Ultimately, only a carbine variant was ever made.

A post at Guns.com tells us that “the AR-16 never got past the prototype phase…”


Apparently, Kerry didn’t get the memo.  Additionally, the rifle — shown above — used a magazine, NOT a clip.  The difference is quite clear, as the photo below illustrates:


In other words, Kerry praised Biden for wanting to do something about a weapon that basically doesn’t exist…



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