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What's an Assault Weapon?

Daniel982 Wrote: Jan 30, 2013 10:22 AM
Do you notice that there are no readily available reports on this school shooting incident, and the 'authorities' are in full charge to utilize this tragedy to further encroach on the rights of American citizens? Rather than seize weapons, why not eliminate the psychoactive drugs that have been the common thread in too many of these massacres?.

Last week, Sen. Dianne Feinstein introduced a new, supposedly improved version of the federal "assault weapon" ban that expired in 2004. But like that earlier law, which the California Democrat also sponsored, Feinstein's bill prohibits the manufacture and sale of guns based on characteristics that have little or nothing to do with the danger they pose.

Although arbitrary distinctions are a defining characteristic of "assault weapon" bans, recent polls indicate that most Americans support them. New survey data suggest one possible explanation: Most Americans don't know what "assault weapons" are.

Feinstein's bill would ban "157 dangerous military-style assault weapons" by name,...