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slackmaster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-01-09 09:36 AM
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161. The funny thing about that is, every rifle used by "traditionalists" was also originally designed
Edited on Sun Mar-01-09 10:20 AM by slackmaster
To kill human beings.

Most bolt-action hunting rifles in use today are based on military rifle designs developed by the Mauser brothers in the late 19th century. They've evolved into weapons more suited for hunting, mainly by losing weight and bulk. Likewise, firearms like the civilian semiautomatic AR-15 type rifles and the Kalashnikov derivitives, have been modified to suit the civilian sporting arms market by losing automatic fire capability. There are reduced-capacity magazines available for both kinds, so hunters can use them in compliance with state laws that limit ammunition capacity. There are also plenty of available modifications to make the AR type rifles particularly suitable for precision target shooting, and for hunting small to medium game animals or varmints.

Nearly all technological development in firearms over the centuries was driven by military applications. That's why it's ridiculous to try to stigmatize one kind of firearm or another as inherently bad because of the original intent of its designer. Obviously firearms of every kind have proved themselves useful for purposes other than that for which they were originally intended. The US 105 mm howitzer makes a fine avalanche control gun. Even the few kinds that have no military roots are just as suitable for killing humans as ones that are based on military patterns.

The artificial distinction between "assault" type firearms and other semiautomatic firearms was intentionally crafted to create a wedge among gun owners, by people who have as their core intent a desire to ban all firearms.
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