Posted by: reformedmusings | November 27, 2008

The myth of so-called “assault weapons”

The liberal press and gun banners wouldn’t know an assault weapon if they sat on one. In this video, a San Diego police instructor lays out and demonstrates the truth very clearly:

The US Army formally defines an “assault rifle” as a “short, compact, selective-fire weapons that fire a cartridge intermediate in power between submachinegun and rifle cartridges” (FSTC-CW-07-03-70, November 1970). The term “selective-fire” is the technical military term that includes “automatic fire”. Uninformed civilians sometimes refer to these as “machine guns”, but that term applies to a specific type of military weapon, usually crew-served. The Army definition is based on the actual operating characteristics of the firearm.

In contrast, the 1994 Clinton Assault Weapon Ban defined their mythical “assault weapons” as those which have the following appearance/cosmetic characteristics:

    (B) a semiautomatic rifle that has an ability to accept a detachable magazine and has at least 2 of–
    `(i) a folding or telescoping stock;
    `(ii) a pistol grip that protrudes conspicuously beneath the action of the weapon;
    `(iii) a bayonet mount;
    `(iv) a flash suppressor or threaded barrel designed to accommodate a flash suppressor; and
    `(v) a grenade launcher;
    `(C) a semiautomatic pistol that has an ability to accept a detachable magazine and has at least 2 of–
    `(i) an ammunition magazine that attaches to the pistol outside of the pistol grip;
    `(ii) a threaded barrel capable of accepting a barrel extender, flash suppressor, forward handgrip, or silencer;
    `(iii) a shroud that is attached to, or partially or completely encircles, the barrel and that permits the shooter to hold the firearm with the nontrigger hand without being burned;
    `(iv) a manufactured weight of 50 ounces or more when the pistol is unloaded; and
    `(v) a semiautomatic version of an automatic firearm; and
    `(D) a semiautomatic shotgun that has at least 2 of–
    `(i) a folding or telescoping stock;
    `(ii) a pistol grip that protrudes conspicuously beneath the action of the weapon;
    `(iii) a fixed magazine capacity in excess of 5 rounds; and
    `(iv) an ability to accept a detachable magazine.’.

All of these are purely cosmetic characteristics – form over substance. They have nothing to do with the actual operation of the firearm. Therefore, the ban was purely a publicity stunt. It had no effect on crime. This amounts to nothing but a scare tactic aimed at the uninformed in order to deny their civil rights under the Second Amendment of the Constitution.

The gun banners, including Barack Obama, continue to lie to the American public and make common sporting firearms seem like scary demons. Don’t believe the lies. Military “assault rifles” that Obama says “belong on the battlefields and not on our streets” are fully automatic are already so limited,  having not been able for purchase by ordinary citizens since the National Firearms Act of 1934. You’ll never hear the gun banners tell you that. In addition, you heard in the video that in over 50,000 weapons confiscated from drug dealers and gang members, none were converted from semi- to fully-automatic. That’s another lie from the gun banners.

So when the gun banners raise the issue of “assault weapons”, and you know they will, remember that they are lying. Don’t let them take away your civil rights under the Second Amendment. Remember, if they can take that one away, which guarantees all the others, none of our Constitutional civil rights will be safe. Remember Animal Farm. Starting with the seven principles of Animalism, called the Seven Commandments, which were written on the side of the barn. These were supposedly inalienable rights. Yet, after power had been consolidated and the opposition executed, only one principle remained, and it in modified form: “All animal are created equal, but some animals are more equal than others.” So it goes when free people give up their ability to ensure their rights.

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