I am going to purchase a new "Family Defense Rifle". I was pretty sold on the AR-15 and started saving up for it. Someone threw a kink in my plans by introducing me to the New Ruger Mini-14. I was wondering what the consensus is here concerning the differences in these two firearms? I realize the big thing is price but I am sure there is more. While I would like to save some money, I want to make a good purchase. As a friend once told me buy once, cry once! Thanks for your input.