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The Need for Semi-Automatic "Assault" Weapons

Trublu Wrote: Jan 10, 2013 3:41 PM
Please tell me what an "assault" weapon is. Can't one be assaulted or even killed by any firearm? The term "assault" weapon is liberal nomenclature, the purpose being to divide guns into good and bad categories. Classifying some as good and others as bad is silly liberal semantics, the point of which is to incrementally ban all firearms. We have seen this before with the mythical Saturday Night Special. Are butcher knives assault weapons because misuse of one can cause more harm than steak knives? Guns are tools, might as well ban chainsaws too. I wonder how many on the left will call for repeal of marijuana legalization once some stoner crashes and kills a family. Shouldn't one bad actor spoil it for everyone?
Trublu Wrote: Jan 10, 2013 5:08 PM
"Reasonable limits" to a Constitutionally protected right sounds a bit vague. Reasonable to whom? Reasonable generally quickly becomes arbitrary. But as you wrote you're playing Devil's Advocate so if your point is if Congress bans it and the S. Court concurs there is no real protection then one would have to agree. And of course these things do tend to occur incrementally. But limits leading to bans is not a foregone conclusion for sometimes limits lead to the straw that breaks the camel's back.
David238 Wrote: Jan 10, 2013 4:19 PM
If Congress can decide sawed off shotguns are illegal, and the Supreme Court upheld this law, then there is nothing to stop them from declaring other guns illegal. The Supreme Court can rule that the State has an interest in protecting the public and thus can impose "reasonable" limits on the right to bare arms -- including the banning of "assault" weapons (e.g. semi-automatics with clips capable of holding XXX amount ammo and similar in style to military weapons).

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...