Comment on The Wrong Way To Argue About Assault Weapons by Digital Boy
From Comments for The Captain's Journal
November 26, 2012 - 12:13am
Charlie, Socrates is correct. "Assault Weapon" is a semantically charged and biased term to demonize whatever instrument the politicians want. As noted, bolt action single shot rifles are listed on the AWB in CA (Barret, Armalite and other makers of .50BMG rifles are the specific examples I'm referring to.). That term was dreamed up to generate fear and anxiety in the voting public to win support for a huge federal infringement on the 2nd amendment.
An assault rifle is clearly defined by law enforcement and military: it is a single person, shoulder fired long arm of intermediate caliber (that is, more powerful than a handgun, but not as powerful as a full power rifle) that is capable of firing in semi-automatic, burst fire and/or fully automatic modes. Such weapons have been heavily regulated since 1927, and no new ones were able to be legally registered to ordinary citizens after the ...
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