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What's an Assault Weapon?

Tacitus X Wrote: Jan 30, 2013 10:35 PM
An assault rifle can selectively fire single-shot or fully automatic (or burst) fire. Anti-gun zealots seized on the term in order to demonize a wide variety of guns, knowing that large numbers of people would assume they were referring to fully automatic weapons. Supporters of 2nd Amendment rights would do well to point out this fraud whenever the zealots misuse the term. Everyone hates liars & frauds.

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,...