Disarming the U.S. public is a Lefty thing; the Right clings to the Second Amendment explicitly preventing that act. More or less, anyway. The usual lies, damn lies and statistics are held up in support of whichever side one may favor but one question has been annoying me: All the Lefties are hemorrhaging over guns but reserving their public bile for ‘assault rifles.’ What the Hell is an ‘assault rifle’ anyway? I mean, can’t you assault someone with any old rifle that happens to be laying around?
If you go by today’s ‘debate’ on gun ownership, you have to conclude that no, certain types of guns are no danger in public hands whereas others are horrendous risks and besides that, prima-facie evidence of ill intentions. With this, the definition of ‘assault rifle’ becomes very important, right? So what is and what isn’t an ‘assault rifle’?
A simple-minded soul might suppose that an assault rifle is a firearm for use in assaults except that any firearm meets that designation. So let’s back up: an assault rifle is any rifle that is limited to use in assaults. Is that better? Well, not really; the standard military AR-15 is certainly a generic assault weapon but hunters and home defense folk also use it. I thought that the pictured weapon above, with its multiple military weaponry built into one package might qualify until someone mentioned stopping charging elephants.
Some legislators seem to think semi-automatic operation or magazines holding more than “X” bullets should define the case but do you want to hunt bears with a single shot rifle? That’s what I thought. And should someone be a criminal over his rifle holding 13 rather than 12 bullets? How many lives will that save?
Seems to me, the Left wants all guns gone, but knowing that the gun tradition is still too strong for that, is just chipping away to establish the idea of limiting firepower. Like the 5,000 lawyers at the bottom of the sea: a good start.
Forget that police departments everywhere are acquiring military weapons to deal with the bad guys who already use them. And especially, forget that the whole point of guns in civil hands is to hold off government. The entire ‘assault weapon’ shtick is just to weaken civilian firepower in the face of government. For the Left, a legal weapon is any in the hands of government, pointed at civilians. An ‘assault weapon’ is any in the hands of civilians, that just might some day, be pointed at government. Yes, that’s politically very incorrect; the guys who first said and wrote it are all dead now. They’re called: “America’s Founders.”.
Some still think they were onto something…