After reading numerous articles on the subject, it dawned on me that this new trend could be the very thing that saves the myriad AR15 variants from being slapped with the "evil assault rifle, that has no purpose and cant be used for hunting" brand that helped to get them banned in 1994. With so many options like the .458 Socom, 6.8 SPC, .300 RSAUM, Remington's new "hunting" R15 in .223 and .204 Ruger, AR-10 variants in .308 and so many other .22 cal/varmint adaptations it would be ignorant to believe that the AR-15 does not play a big role in American gun culture, particularly now with more and more hunters. With all this in mind, wouldnt it be much harder for the gun grabbers to try and paint the rifle with such a bad image as they did in the mid nineties? The AR platform wasnt nearly as popular then as it is now, and didnt fill nearly as many roles. I mean aside from hunters alone, people use them all the time now for competition shooting (F-class shooting comps, ect). Could this be the trend that keeps the gun grabbers from successfully spewing their bullshit, and getting them banned again?