I recently had a debate on gun control with a colleague on television. It was one of dozens following the tragic mass shooting in Newtown, Conn. After I pressed him on some fast and loose gun terms he used, he — to his great credit — e-mailed to ask what he could read to get a better handle on the language. He’s not alone. The vast lexicon of gun verbiage is arcane and incredibly technical — and because of that, frequently misused by the voices most vocal on gun control. This isn’t just a semantic problem of getting the words wrong.
The LSM has used semantic confusion on (embryonic) stem cell research, on (illegal) immigration, on global climate change. I´m sure the confusion is certainly intended in this debate, as well. It´s all directed at the LIV (low-information voter). (Just what we need, another acronym.)
#2 & #4 are correct. Further, this purposeful confusion of terms to advance their agendum (pl. agenda) by politicians is a old a Solon and Moses. It´s particularly effective when the uninformed voters compose over 50% of the population (as in the US).
If you are going to talk guns, it is essential that you be experienced in their operation, care and feeding. You have to walk the walk, before you can talk the talk. Ms. Cupp has obviously walked the walk in regard to firearms.
The newly-signed New York law now redefines ´assault weapon´ as any long gun with a single feature: a pistol grip. In addition, it limits a magazine to seven or less. I don´t know of any manufacturer that makes such a magazine.
As to the other features:
* a bayonet mount. Useless when it comes to the actual rifle. You may as well have a broomstick.
* flash suppressor. Also known as a compensator, this is a device placed on a barrel at the muzzle end. It´s only real purpose is to direct muzzle flash in several directions as the hot gasses exit the muzzle. It´s actual purpose is to reduce the ´flash´ so as not to impair the shooter´s night vision when shooting in low-light conditions. Otherwise, it serves no real purpose, and in fact, the rifle can still be fired without it. If I recall, the 1994 "Assault weapons ban" required that it be attached to the barrel permanently. (As though this somehow made the gun less dangerous? Whatever...)
* pistol grip. Why this became the litmus test for the New York law I´ll never know. One can place a pistol grip on a shotgun. I´ve seen this done, and asked the owner why. The response was: "Purely for comfort - it makes not a bit of difference to what the gun can do, or how it operates." A pistol grip that is at a sharper angle (such as on most AR-15s) is actually more comfortable to use. All that said, the pistol grip feature doesn´t change the capability of the gun one bit - it´s nothing more than a creature comfort.
No 12; A properly designed compensator WILL help with recoil by directing those gases up as well as out to the side. Some are very effective. I personally think they want to prohibit threads for compensator´s so silencers cannot be attached in their place. BTW; silencers are legal unless prohibited by State law, requires a $200 transfer fee from the ATF and is assigned to a specific firearm. Plus the cost of the silencer of course.
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