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The Need for Semi-Automatic "Assault" Weapons

jerskin Wrote: Jan 10, 2013 8:26 AM
Sorry to say, you are indeed wrong there are assault weapons, and they are already banned. I have been a soldier (8 years) A police officer (23 years) and a gunsmith (8 years), and have fired several assault weapons. In fact we carried them in Vietnam, an assault weapon differs from the AR-15 in one important way, it lacks the selector switch which allows you to fire either semi auto (the same as the civilian version) or full automatic (thus being banned as a machine gun, and you need a special permission from the fed to own one of those. The same as the AK-47 selector switch illegal, no selector switch not an assault weapon, and thus legal.
cambeul41 Wrote: Jan 10, 2013 10:52 AM
I can't speak for the AK look-alikes available, but the .223/5.56 round does not tend to over-penetrate. See http://www.olyarms.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=15&Itemid=26.
jerskin Wrote: Jan 10, 2013 8:31 AM
Some say you need an AR or an AK for home defense, I would differ on that, both weapons fire a high velocity round that can penatrate the walls of your home, and have the potential of killing someone sleeping in an adjoining bedroom. I keep a 12 Gauge shotgun loaded with #4 Buckshot. This fires a bunch of round balls about the same size as the 32 ACP round that will indeed kill anyone who is in the way of your shot, however it will not kill your kids in the next room. Just my opinion, I still think I should be able to keep my AR-15 if I want, they make a great gun for shooting pests and defending your home from an outside attack. They also make a great weapon for today's minute men.

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...