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The Need for Semi-Automatic "Assault" Weapons

jrue Wrote: Jan 12, 2013 6:53 PM
Bob, AR does not stand for assault rifle, it stands for ArmaLite, an engineering company that produces these types of weapons. There is no real class of gun called "assault rifle"...it's a completely made up term to make them sound scary and dangerous.

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...