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Response to gejohnston (Reply #15)

Sat Jan 12, 2013, 02:47 PM

22. "VPC is intentionally dishonest and they know it."

Bingo

"Assault weapons ..... are a new topic. The weapons' menacing looks, coupled with the public's confusion over fully automatic machine guns versus semi-automatic assault weapons—anything that looks like a machine gun is assumed to be a machine gun—can only increase the chance of public support for restrictions on these weapons."

Josh Sugarmann, VPC, 1988


The VPC up until the late '80's was focused on banning handguns outright. After realizing that wasn't going anywhere, they devised the whole "assault weapons" ploy. Not because they were involved in a statistically significant number of crimes, the VPC however changed their strategy to go after low-hanging fruit first.

So what that has resulted in is a two-decade long dishonest disinformation campaign demonizing so-called "assault weapons." As if bayonet lugs, flash suppressors, collapsible stocks, and pistol grips made the guns any more deadly or functionally different from more 'ordinary' looking semi-auto rifles.

As a result, gun owners as a group are resentful toward those who incorrectly use terminology, either intentionally or through their own ignorance, to advocate for more restrictive gun controls.

Such dishonesty and disinformation perpetuated by the VPC and their allies has not been constructive at all to having an open and honest debate on firearm policy.

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