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.
Comments: I would be hard put to give a good explanation of what would be covered.
The whole premise of "assault weapon" was created for the purpose of establishing a delineation between what the "only ones" - military, Guard, cops - may have and what We the Peasants may have. Generally, it referred to fully-automatic weapons.
In truth, lifting the National Firearms Act would not result in full-auto Rambo-style slayings in every urban center in America.
The current crop of lying liars who lie (politicians) are now trying to conflate the traditional full-auto firearms with civilian semi-auto firearms that cosmetically *look* like the military versions. Furthermore, they refer to "high" capacity "clips" which are actually standard-capacity magazines; you don´t buy an AR-15 with a 5-round magazine. You always get a 20- or 30-round magazine or 12. That´s normal, not "high".
Unfortunately, the culture in many urban centers has been twisted and morphed over time so that people there regard any firearm with fear and disdain. Our so-called educational system has drummed out of voters´ heads why firearms are actually good and necessary in a civilized society.
An "assault" weapon is whatever the San Fransico Lefties think it is. The more patriotic Americans that it turns into criminals the better. Gov Perry said it best -Most effective gun control is with both hands.
A Colt 1860 percussion revolver with a detachable stock meets the Feinstein definition because the shooter can quickly remove the cylinder (like a magazine, it holds the ammunition and can be detached) and put in another loaded cylinder. So Civil War re-enactors beware.
No such thing as Assault "Weapons"; assult Rifles are: -a man carried weight rifle capable of fully automatic fire, & -firing smaller REDUCED energy bullets compared to standard infantry rifles. Germans developed them in WW2. They first used 9mm PISTOL caliber SUB-machine guns to their paratroopers and other crack Blitzkreiz troops but found it´s range and kill power inadequate. But soldiers couldn´t reliably manage a fully automatic rifle (of reasonable weight)firing the German 7.92x57mm infantry rifle bullet. SO they shortened the case to 33mm, reduced the powder charge accordingly and produced a new gun, the MP 43/44 Sturmgewehr (Storm Rifle) to fire it. Ergo, an Assault Rifle is a fully automatic rifle firing a puny bullet. Although both the German infantry rifle and the MP43 fired same diameter bullet the 7.92x57 infantry round fired a 200 grain bullet at 2750 ft/second and 3.000 ft-pounds energy while the MP43 was a 125 grain bullet traveling 2100 ft/sec and a mere 1200 ft-lbs energy, less that half that of the 7.92x57. All later Assault Rifles have similar characteristics. Btw, the AR-15 and similar are semi-automatic, have a removable box magazine and fires a .22 caliber (5.56x45mm), 55 grain bullet at 3250 ft/sec with 1290 ft-lbs energy; people keep mistakenly calling it an Assault Rifle. The .243 caliber Winchester Model 100 I hunted deer with in the 1950´s and ´60s is a functionally identical semi-automatic with a removable magazine but fires a larger, heavier .243" 100 grain bullet at 3,000 ft/sec with 2,000 ft-lbs energy. But nobody ever called it an Assault Rifle, it just happens to look like a hunting rifle.
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