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the term assault rifle has become too misused

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by carterbeauford, Dec 24, 2006.

  1. carterbeauford

    carterbeauford member

    May 26, 2006
    41.16N, 80.09W
    It seems referring to any black semi-automatic only rifle as an assault rifle has become as commonplace and accepted as adding an apostrophe when pluralizing an acronym :mad:

    Eg. carterbeauford likes EBR's, particularly SKS's :rolleyes: (three things wrong with this statement)

    Politicians have not helped, classifying anything they please as an assault rifle. I think we need to clarify and understand the true definition. I see fellow gun enthusiasts using the incorrect characterization that the anti-gun politicians have fed us, not the correct characterization. If you have come to accept that a semi-auto MAC-10 clone is an assault rifle and refer to it as such, how can you fight an AWB?

    from Wiki:

    M16A1 = assault rifle
    AR-15 = not an assault rifle

    The only way we can fight future bans is first becoming educated about what we are fighting for.
  2. Smokey Joe

    Smokey Joe Senior Member

    Jan 2, 2003
    Words, words, words.

    Carterbeauford--The antis toss the term "assault rifle" around because it sounds dangerous. They don't know what it really means and they don't care, either--Anything to further demonize firearms is fine with most antis.

    The media--particularly radio and TV, IMX, don't help any by having developed the habit of using verbal shorthand wherever possible, e.g. "Nineleven" and "Roveewade" even when the shorthand term in question isn't quite accurate. Some "media persons" are also antis, so the above comment applies. Some "media persons" are NOT antis--one I know (a high school bud, now a professor of communications) is a fence sitter on the firearms issue, but woefully uninformed. So my HS bud will use the term "assault rifle" without having any clear idea at all what it means. And since he's not a shooter, to him the term is just a handy shorthand categorization.

    To him it's like lumping stock car racecars, formula 1 cars, dragsters, and Indy racers, all under the term "racecars." He doesn't understand the distinctions, they don't matter to him, and "racecar" is quick and easy to say.

    I try to point out to him that there are differences, and the differences are important (between various firearms) but it doesn't make much impression on him. Sigh.
  3. El Tejon

    El Tejon Elder

    Dec 24, 2002
    Lafayette, Indiana-the Ned Flanders neighbor to Il
    Yes, and it was a deliberate strategy in the late '80s.
  4. Ditchtiger

    Ditchtiger Active Member

    Apr 8, 2006
    Junction City,OR
    carterbeauford, you're close.--- The only way way we can fight future bans is by educating others what we are fighting for!
  5. aspade

    aspade Member

    Apr 2, 2006
    People's Republik of Maryland
    Shops catering to the mall ninja crowd with their 'sniper' this and 'tactical assault' that are doing the antis' work for them.

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