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The killing machine with just one purpose

On the first day of shooting training in the Army, we were introduced to the M-16. The training specialist told us that the M-16 was designed for one purpose — to kill people. It's a lousy hunting rifle as it tears into the victim. The plastic stock wasn't good for hitting, and the design didn't...

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