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The Need for Semi-Automatic "Assault" Weapons

wmessinger Wrote: Jan 11, 2013 2:03 PM
Politicians and reporters are quick to talk about the need to restrict or ban assault rifles. But an AR-15 is not an assault rifle. It is a semi-automatic rifle. It is not a high-powered rifle. It fires a .223 round which is basically a .22 caliber round. If we use the same criteria to ban reporters and politicians that they are using to try to ban rifles, we'd have a lot fewer scary looking reporters and politicians looking at us on our TV sets.
Bob62 Wrote: Jan 12, 2013 11:35 AM
So an "Assault Rifle-15" is actually a "SAR-15???
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.
Magnafan Wrote: Jan 13, 2013 9:44 AM
Not Quite. AR stands for Armalite, the original manufacturer. "Assault Rifle" must have selective fire, including full automatic. Civilian AR's do not have that feature.
Texas Chris Wrote: Jan 14, 2013 9:10 AM
But they should. "Shall not be infringed" is pretty clear.

If someone invents the Eludium PU36 Explosive Space Modulator, then the second amendment covers that, too.

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...