Since highlighting Islamic terrorism won’t further their political agenda, Democrats from Barack Obama on down have tried desperately to reframe last Sunday’s tragedy as an example of why we need new gun control laws. Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has said the time has come to take “weapons of war” off out streets.

In his slaughter, Omar Mateen used a Sig Sauer MCX, an assault rifle similar to the AR-15, which has become the left’s favorite “scary gun” target in recent years. These guns, though certainly potent, are not distinctly more powerful than rifles Americans view as much less controversial. Many experts believe that it is only because of how they look that they attract so much demonization.

That said, the AR-15 and its equivalents have an important role to play in personal security. Former Navy SEAL Dom Raso, in a video for the NRA, spoke to this role in powerful terms.

“This firearm gives average people the advantage they so desperately need and deserve to protect their life, liberty, and happiness,” Raso said. “What does it say to you when I, a veteran Navy SEAL, turn to the AR-15 to defend my family?”

Raso slammed Democrats for pursuing a nonsensical, fear-driven campaign of misinformation. “Let me say something to every political hack pretending to know an AR-15 from a double-barreled shotgun in the wake of the Orlando terror attack,” he said. “Stop talking. Every word not only exposes your ignorance, but your utter contempt for ordinary Americans trying to survive in the age of terrorism.”

Raso also noted the peculiar irony of politicians trying to ban semi-automatic assault rifles, seeing as how law enforcement officers use these guns to put an end to terror attacks in progress.

“Why would you want to ban the gun you pray for police to show up with?” he asked.

The AR-15 is regarded as the most popular firearm in the country, precisely because…well, it’s just so damn cool. It’s endlessly customizable, it looks terrific, and it has a very shallow learning curve when compared to other home defense weapons. But because it is so universally popular, it also shows up again and again in the most sensationalized mass shootings. Put that together with the fact that many people think these guns are the same as M-16s, and it’s very easy for Democrats to wage a propaganda war against them.

And oh boy, are they ever.