ASSAULT WEAPONS

All this talk from the gun-grabbing left about assault weapons has taken its toll on my senses. From the beginning the argument is flawed. The terms used are flawed and the premise is flawed. Assault weapons? The label sounds so menacingly salacious in itself that certainly something must be done immediately. So let’s break down the emotion invoking term into its various parts and see how that works.

According to the dictionary, an assault is a sudden or violent attack and a weapon is anything used against an opponent, adversary, or victim. Given those definitions, if a person advances on another with physical aggression and attempts to blind an adversary with the ballpoint pen, he or she has used an assault weapon. We must ban all pens immediately or at least register any writer in possession of the potential maiming tool!

Mike Tyson bit the ear of Evander Hollyfield during a fight in 1997. Should all teeth be banned as assault weapons?

Using the dictionary definition of the combined term: an assault weapon is a military rifle capable of both automatic and semiautomatic fire, utilizing an intermediate-power cartridge. None of the mass murderers yet recorded, that my research can identify, have used a weapon capable of automatic fire. Thus, by dictionary definition, no “assault weapon” has yet been used.

Not only that, but the weapons used are always referred to as high powered rifles. The most common weapon used in these killings is the AR-15. It uses a .223 caliber bullet.

Assault weapons (again, by definition) use intermediate-power cartridges. The .223 caliber and its cousin the 5.56 NATO rounds which are most commonly used in these attacks are both considered intermediate-power cartridges. Thus, another contrived falsehood is the naming of weapons and projectiles for the specific purpose of depriving U.S. citizens of our 2nd amendment right.

I’m offended by the blatant and intentional misuse of terms. I must go to my safe place to recover now.

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