While I don’t agree with your position on the 2A, I do want to say thank you for writing this. Especially here in California where our state senators are willfully ignorant about firearms while at the same time writing legislation- it’s very frustrating to say the least. Trying to have a constructive conversation about firearm laws with someone who doesn’t understand even the basics like semi-auto vs auto is almost impossible. So much of it basically boils down to “OMG! Black rifles are scary! Lets ban them!”
That said, I do think it’s worth mentioning that I think you have one thing wrong about the AR-15- it can be a perfectly good (even great) hunting rifle. Why do I say this? Because 5.56 is perfectly fine for small game/varmints. And the AR-15 can be easily converted to other calibers as well, like 300Blackout or 6.8SPC which is enough for larger game. And you can always get an AR-10 which basically the same gun (well design at least), but in .308 which is more then enough for just about anything you’d hunt in the lower 48 states.
In fact, that’s what makes the AR-15 so popular- it’s *extremely* modular. You can buy, swap, replace literally every part on the firearm and reconfigure it for just about any purpose you can imagine.