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What's an Assault Weapon?

vietnamvet Wrote: Jan 30, 2013 12:35 PM
Finally, it must be able to sustain operation until the threat is neutralized, without going in search of more ammunition. Anyone who has fired the AR15 rifle, equipped with the 'standard' 30-round magazine, will find that all of these characteristics are incorporated in the design. It is a natural choice for 'personal self defense', and was so described by Department of Homeland Security in Section C of solicitation number HSCEMS-12-R-00011.
Jay Wye Wrote: Jan 30, 2013 1:44 PM
During the LA riots of 1992,the police REFUSED to enter the riot zone to protect citizens,and Korean shopkeepers used "assault weapons" to hold off the rioting mob that came to burn them and their families alive in their shops/homes. that's just ONE good reason,not that we need ANY reason to own them.
it also is justification for 30 round magazines,you need firepower to hold off a riot mob.
Not that we need any justification.
Texas Chris Wrote: Jan 30, 2013 1:19 PM
Anyone who reads the true story of Ruby Ridge would never ask why we "need" them.

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,...