There is no such thing as an “assault weapon.” I urge gun owners to please refrain from using this term. Also, assault rifles are used by the military and most civilians don’t own such guns. The term “assault weapon” was made by the anti-gun folks back in 1989. The philosophy behind this term is to make guns look evil, mean and scary. Unfortunately such deceiving method became a success. The so-called “assault weapons” didn’t exist until California passed a ban in 1989. Assault weapons are not machine guns or assault rifles. According to David Kopel, writing in The Wall Street Journal.
“What some people call “assault weapons” function like every other normal firearm—they fire only one bullet each time the trigger is pressed. Unlike automatics (machine guns), they do not fire continuously as long as the trigger is held. … Today in America, most handguns are semi-automatics, as are many long guns, including the best-selling rifle today, the AR-15, the model used in the Newtown shooting. Some of these guns look like machine guns, but they do not function like machine guns.”
The word assault is a purpose, not the gun itself. Guns don’t have life or a soul. They don’t have an intent of their own. It’s an inanimate object. In this case, most civilians (besides criminals and some big government entities) have a defensive rifles. Because that’s what it’s purpose. Is to defend yourself or to use it as a recreational rifle, aka sporting rifle. A gun is a tool, this tool allows the user to fire projectiles at a high speed. The purpose or intent varies by the operator behind the gun.
I could say I got an assault knife, an assault car, or an assault screwdriver if I’m going to use it for such malicious intent.
Call rifles by it’s type, an AR-15 or an AK-47.
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