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This terrifying video is yet more proof that the US needs to ban guns

Terrifying stuff

This terrifying video is yet more proof that the US needs to ban guns

It's the question that everyone in the US is asking: will Sunday's tragedy in Orlando finally, and belatedly, lead to reform of the country's gun laws?

Well, in all likelihood, no. Even though, as we showed recently, the country has amended amendments in the past and altered their constitution many times for the good of the people, it seems that the second amendment - the right to bear arms - is not going to be altered any time soon.

However, despite the resistance of the gun lobby to any sort of logic that points toward tighter controls, any further evidence that helps illustrate the craziness of the situation is welcome, and this video by American Rob Buck is a powerful piece of footage to add to the pile.

The clip, which he posted to his Facebook page with the title 'for the conspiracy theorist that say it can't be done', illustrates just how easy it is to conceal an assault rifle using nothing but a pair of jeans and a t-shirt. Walking around at the start of the video, you'd be hard-pressed to spot anything strange, yet he then proceeds to pull out an AR-15 assault rifle - similar to the gun reportedly used in the Orlando massacre - seven magazines of ammunition and - just to ram home the point - a bonus handgun.

Meanwhile, the family of the inventor of the AR-15, Eugene Stoner, have spoken out to reiterate that he did not invent the weapon for civilian use.

Speaking to NBC, they said "Our father, Eugene Stoner, designed the AR-15 and subsequent M-16 as a military weapon to give our soldiers an advantage over the AK-47," the Stoner family told NBC News late Wednesday. "He died long before any mass shootings occurred. But, we do think he would have been as horrified and sickened as anyone, if not more by these events."

They also revealed that the ex-Marine never used his invention for sport, nor for his own defence. In fact, he never even owned one himself.

However, since his patent expired, the gun - and copycats based on it - is freely available for anyone to buy - a truly astonishing, and tragic, state of affairs.