A couple of my friends have ARs that they target shoot with. They aren't raving lunatics who are trying to form militias or topple regimes. They are responsible owners, who handle and abide by safety best practices. However I dont believe "the responsible" are in the majority in this present day.
I believe there's an alarming regression of intelligence and critical thought in our society. We've somehow managed to make brainless vanity and narcissism admirable qualities.