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The Need for Semi-Automatic "Assault" Weapons

3129 Wrote: Jan 10, 2013 6:04 PM
The first "assault gun" looked like a military firearm, had a bayonet lug, and had greater firepower than rifles. It was the Brown Bess flintlock musket. These were the guns King George III tried to confiscate on April 19, 1776.

By now, we’ve heard the argument about semi-automatic "assault" rifles: nobody needs one. We’ve heard the only reason why someone would obtain this kind of weapon is so they can kill people, which is far from the truth. We’ve also heard the argument from both the Left and the Right that a pistol is how someone protects their home.

"I really don’t know why people need assault weapons. I’m not a hunter but I understand people who want to hunt," Republican Rep. Peter King said on Morning Joe earlier this week. "I understand people who live in rough neighborhoods...