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Thread #116335   Message #2498714
Posted By: Big Mick
20-Nov-08 - 03:37 PM
Thread Name: BS: Gun ban - yep already
Subject: RE: BS: Gun ban - yep already
You know Dave, on reflection I think that maybe pdq makes a good point. All along I have been asking for the definition. But it seems to me that the very term "assault weapon" is one of those made up words we use when we really don't understand the difference. The fact that there are any number of definitions floating around this thread, some from knowledgeable folks and some from folks that don't know which end the round goes in, shows that folks are talking about generalities and appearances, when in fact they should be talking about capabilities. Weapons used in a military assault would have a full auto capability, as well as a semi auto capability. The point about defining them is to make folks use appropriate terms. A sporting version of the AK has the pistol grip stock, and is a semi automatic. The military version has the full auto option. Despite the contention that they can be converted in minutes, this simply is not the case. It takes a fair amount of knowledge. A person willing to do this is a lawbreaker to begin with. I think it is necessary to the discussion to know what folks are calling an "assault weapon". I suspect that they are referring to anything that has a military look to it.

One more thing. How the hell does a bayonet lug make a weapon an assault weapon? And if it does, when is the last time you heard of a bayonet charge on the streets of the US?

And once again, the gun ban is not starting "already".