Saturday, December 22, 2012

Regarding Gun Control: What is an 'Assault Rifle?'

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Earl Griffin, Contributor
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I am more familiar with firearms than the average person. I sold them for a living for several years. I worked as a Peace Officer. I have trained on many firing ranges under the tutelage of men and women whose instruction was of great value. I grew up hunting and shooting with my late father and with my granddad. I have had an opportunity to become intimately familiar with the function and workings of a wide variety of firearms.

There is a falsehood being perpetrated upon the public. You see an “Assault Rifle” has what is known as a selector switch. This switch allows the shooter to change the weapons function from semi-automatic (like a hunting gun) to rapid fire or in some cases auto fire. Rapid fire allows the weapon to fire a burst of three rounds. Auto fire allows it to continue to fire so long as the trigger is depressed.

This is important: An AR15 is NOT an “Assault Rifle.”

It’s Military counterpart, the M16 IS an “Assault Rifle.”

The AR15 is made of modern materials, and because of that its detractors like to say it is something that it is not. The AR15 is NOT an “Assault Rifle.”

The term “Assault Rifle,” is a value-loaded term much like “Terrorism.” Those who wish to manipulate public sentiment like to use these kinds of terms to sway the opinions of those who don’t really know much about the topic but who love their families and want things to get “better.”

Better often means a further roll back of our Constitutional freedoms. Rolling back freedom is never better.

Here is something to think about: The AR15 is just another semi-automatic firearm, much like a 12-gauge shotgun used for bird hunting or a semi-automatic hunting rifle used for deer. It is not at all unlike a boy’s .22 caliber rifle used for squirrel or rabbit hunting.

The big difference is that it is made of modern materials instead of wood. If you allow the proponents of gun control to describe every semi automatic rifle (and shotguns – it is the same action) then the next step in this nefarious exercise will be to ban ALL semi-automatic rifles and shotguns – that means your hunting weapons. It also means your family heirlooms passed down from granddad or dad.

In conclusion let me repeat: The AR15 is just another semi-automatic rifle with a fancy stock made of modern materials. It is not a “Machine Gun,” or an “Assault Rifle.” No amount of describing it this way will change this.

People who use those terms either don’t know what an “Assault Rifle” really is or they are perpetrating a mean-spirited falsehood designed ultimately to rob you of your 2nd Amendment rights.

Do your own homework. Do your own thinking. Don’t get carried away by emotion, as doing so makes it easier for others to exert control over you.

Protect every word of the Constitution. Stand firm against those who would see your rights curtailed. They will not be satisfied until there is no Second Amendment.

This article first appeared at Barking Window

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Anonymous said...

When a greasy lawyer tries to steal something he uses words.
When a government wants to steal your money they write tax law, thousands and thousands of pages of it.
When greasy shills and lobbyists want to avoid their fair share of blame in a crime, they also hide behind words.

Rather than focusing on the tragic deaths of over 20 children, the gun lobby wants to play word games over classification of guns, definitions and legal terms. What a bunch of smooth talking greasy suits! One might think that the gun owners would be ashamed to have such vermin as their spokesmen. But gun owners have NO say in the NRA, it is the big corporate bosses who call the shots.
Over 10,000 Americans shot dead by their fellow Americans every year makes the Agenda 21 people very happy. You guys do their jobs for them, pathetic.

Anonymous said...

guns are the most effecent means of self defence today. when guns are outlawed only outlaws will have guns. take a look at australia's increase in crime after their guns were confiscated.

Thanks, In Peace And Light

Anonymous said...

Anon@9:53 - If you can't agree on the meaning of words and terms then what is the point of even having a discussion? If you're going to redefine the meaning of assault weapon to "any gun I think is scary" then maybe we can redefine murder to littering.

Anonymous said...

The point of any discussion is to have two honest parties communicate and form consensus. The gun industry lawyers with their fancy suits, fancy cars and fancy words are not honest, they are greasy pigs, just like the Democrats who want to ban all guns.

The conversation is being framed by our fascist rulers. They want unthinking angry gun lovers on one side, emotional illogical angry Democrats who want to ban guns on the other side. They want us to fight each other. No middle ground, no taking a hard look at the false flag aspects of the school shootings, no thinking.
Clearly you are happy to be on one side, fighting the other just as your masters want.

Anonymous said...

In the 20th century governments killed 1/3 BILLION (with a "B") of their own citizens, NOT including war.

Mass murder by government dwarfs all private violence.

THAT is the reason to own serious weapons and we bloody well need to say it clearly and firmly.

Patriot Acts I & II, NDAA, drone killings of US citizens, the militarized police state, etc.—to hell with all that!

Anonymous said...

The only difference between an AR-15 and an M-16 is the exclusion of the selective fire capability, which can easily be replaced by modifying the trigger assembly, or using one of a range of "legal" modifications such as this:

The AR-15 is a modified assault rifle, it only takes seconds to turn it back into one. What truly defines an assault rifle is the intermediate round it fires.

An M-14 is not an assault rifle, even though it has a large capacity magazine and has selective fire. It is a battle rifle because it uses full-power ammunition. The same can be said of the FN-FAL.

The AR-15 is a civilian legal assault rifle because it fires an intermediate power round, has a high capacity magazine and a pistol grip. It is a semi-auto assault rifle. It's a fact.

Anonymous said...

The ancients sacrificed to the satanic god Molach.

Are these pagans still around?

We wrestle not with flesh and blood, but with principalites and powers, with the rulers of darkness of this earth, and spiritual wickedness in high places. Ephesians 6:12

Anonymous said...

"guns are the most effecent means of self defence today. when guns are outlawed only outlaws will have guns. take a look at australia's increase in crime after their guns were confiscated."

Man, I'm an Aussie, and you're full of shit. Crime went down here, with some exceptions - ie drunk arseholes punching people seems to be up.

Basic common sense will tell you that semi-auto is more likely to kill than full auto which just sprays bullets all over the joint.

Bernard Davis said...

The term "assault rifle" refers to a specific class of infantry weapon, the original of which was the Sturmgewehr developed by the Germans during WW2 ("assault rifle" is a direct translation of the German word). Shorter and handier than the regular army rifle of the time, but more powerful than a sub-machine gun or machine pistol, it combined the function of both in that it fired a shortened rifle cartridge of reduced power in either semi- or fully-automatic mode from a large-capacity magazine, typically of 30 rounds. It was designed specifically for use by assaulting troops to enable them to lay down their own suppressing fire on enemy positions over a relatively short range (up to 300m) as they advanced. The idea was adopted big time by the Soviet Union after the war with the famous AK weapons system which dominates battlefields to this day. Strictly speaking, these two examples are the only true assault rifles. The definition has become blurred with the adoption by the US and other powers from the 1960s onward of the small-calibre automatic infantry rifle like the M16.

Anonymous said...

Yes, please think how perfectly this incident was structured. It could NOT be more effective in increasing anti-gun sentiments. Government forces are stripping us of all our constitutional rights while at the same time trying to strip us of our guns.

Look at what is happening closely! Our fate depends on making the right decision, which is keeping our right to keep and bear arms. And that means arms of equal intensity and capability as what government forces carry.

Anonymous said...

This article reiterates what I and many others have been saying repeatedly to emotion-driven, undiscerning sheeple for over a week, in other forums. The result? Forgeddaboudit.

We've been called puerile, criminally insane, lovers of violence, heartless monsters who don't care how many babies get slaughtered in support our paranoid convictions, and of course we're accused of being ignorant of both guns and of American history by rabid unbelievers in both.

We've been told to accept our responsibility for what happened at these mass shootings, we've been told to ask God for forgiveness. We've even been told to just shoot ourselves with our own "assault weapons."

Now, does any rational person think this country is ready for a "meaningful national discussion" on the subject of our right to keep and bear arms?

Paul Panza said...

As an individual who has had WIDs (weapons of individual destruction) used upon his person more than once, I would choose to ban all weapons starting with the military's. I say, "put your heart and head where your mouth is - support the victims of war! True freedom survives without the gun." I mean really, what would Ghandi "say" or "do"? Have a Happy New Year!

Anonymous said...

Agenda 21 is largely about population reduction.

The big corporate gun makers wine and dine with the Senators and Congress critters who rule over you.
Together they have been able to deliver an average of over 10,000 dead American citizens every year to the agenda 21 cause.
They also profit heavily from frightened confused gun lovers who buy guns like Imelda Marcos buys shoes.....can never have enough. Chicks!

The NRA wants to arm every teacher in the nation. Yeah that's rational. The USA is dead for so many reasons. The gun nuts are a pathetic side show and a bit of comic relief for the evil fascists who rule us.

Co-opted Confederate said...

All you Anonymous people had better go back and do a little more research Bernard Davis' post was most accurate in describing an assault weapon an AR-15 Cannot be converted in a few seconds to full auto. Austalia's and Great Brittan's crime rates for various assault type of crime have indeed gone up since fire arms became damned & illegal;. and Totalitarian despots have indeed killed more innocent people that every thing else combined. to the first annonymous what would you think and or say ifLanza hade killed that many people with a stolen truck and repeaedly kept running them over over and over. What if JFK ad meen run over by a Ford LTD driven by Lee Harvy Oswald or if John Hinkey had tried to kill Regan with a Dodge Polar and left James Brady in the exact same condition or If sirhan Sirhan had used a Mercedes Benz to Kill Bobby Kennedy.

djohnston said...

Paul Panza said...

"I mean really, what would Ghandi 'say' or 'do'?"

Gandhi advocated the right to bear arms; use of 'violence' to defend innocents against bullying, oppression

Read the article:

Anonymous said...

Actually I think that ALL Assault weapons should be banned - including but not limited to: rocks, paper, scissors, sticks, words and ideas. But, I also believe that all defensive weapons should be allowed, including machine guns, rocket launchers, etc.
In case you didn't get the irony, Assault is already wrong whether with a gun or a stick, while defense is allowed with whatever you feel you need.

Anonymous said...

ONLY bolt lever or pump action rifle and shotguns should be allowed for civilians___ semis and automatics for police or military use only

Marc Victor said...

I am an American. As such, none of my rights depend on a showing of need. I am a free man who has the right to define and pursue my happiness in any peaceful way I see fit. The government does not grant me rights. I was born free. The legitimate role of government is to act as my agent to protect my rights; which exist independent of government. Americans do not beg the government for rights nor are they required to demonstrate a "need" for rights.

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