Former Lawmaker Posts Photo Explaining Exactly Why AR-15s Are Good for Defense


When Laura Woods is on target, she’s really on target.

The Republican former state senator and outspoken gun rights supporter in Colorado took to Twitter this week with a post that shows why the rifle that gun grabbers love to hate is so popular in the American sporting world.

And her explanation of the qualities of the AR-15 would put any gun control argument to shame.

Woods’ Twitter post shows the carcass of a coyote that had been bent on committing mayhem on Woods’ property.

A well-placed bullet from an AR-15 put an end to that, and with calving season in full swing in Colorado, the timing couldn’t have been better.

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So, Woods’ shot was on target when it came to the coyote, but the way she put it into the context of rural life was just as true.

“In response to the recent attacks on the 2d Amendment and the AR-15 by the progressive left, I wanted to highlight a valid use of that rifle by a law-abiding NRA member,” she wrote.

Check out the tweet here.

In a separate explanation, Woods addressed the gun control groups’ complaint about why the AR-15 is her weapon of choice.

“If my first shot hadn’t dropped this predator, I would have been able to fire additional shots. And I could not have reached this predator with my handgun,” she wrote via Twitter. “We’ve lost one calf already to coyotes, and we’re just getting into the heart of calving season. We have to protect them. And while we have higher caliber rifles, the AR-15, slightly larger than a .22, is better for shooting predators.”

And Woods is someone who knows a thing or two about predators, of the animal and the human kind.

As a state senator representing Arvada, Colorado, just outside Denver, Woods was threatened with assassination during her 2016 re-election campaign by a crazed 21-year-old Arvada man, according to Colorado Politics.

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“I live in Arvada so if you come here I will grant you and your family a bullet straight to the head!” the man wrote via Facebook, according to Westword.

The man, Dylan Hopkins, eventually pleaded guilty and was sentenced in January 2017 to 18 months’ probation, according to CBS4 in Denver.

Now, even though she lost her re-election bid, Woods is staying active in public life and her tweet this week is just the kind of rebuttal Second Amendment supporters need in their fight for the constitutionally guaranteed right of self-protection.

Gun grabbers might argue that Americans who don’t live on ranches, or don’t have livestock, don’t have a need for a weapon like the AR-15. But the point is that there are perfectly valid reasons any American can have for wanting to be capable of self-protection. And the choice doesn’t depend on predetermined circumstances — like coyotes on the hunt and calves to protect.

The AR-15, Woods wrote, is “good for shooting predators.” And as Woods knows first-hand, not all predators, or potential predators, come on four legs.

And with this Twitter post, she hit the target, in more ways than one.

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Joe has spent more than 30 years as a reporter, copy editor and metro desk editor in newsrooms in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Florida. He's been with Liftable Media since 2015.
Joe has spent more than 30 years as a reporter, copy editor and metro editor in newsrooms in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Florida. He's been with Liftable Media since 2015. Largely a product of Catholic schools, who discovered Ayn Rand in college, Joe is a lifelong newspaperman who learned enough about the trade to be skeptical of every word ever written. He was also lucky enough to have a job that didn't need a printing press to do it.