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SteveM Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-30-08 01:42 PM
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194. Ah, yes the "need" argument, again...
I don't "need" to own an "assault weapon." Or a bolt-action, or a lever-action, or a single-shot, or a pump, or a falling-block. But under the Second Amendment I choose to own some or all of these weapons -- including semi-automatic ones (the so-called "assault weapon").

The problem with the corrupted term "assault weapon" is that it poorly describes the purpose of the gun. An "assault rifle," on the other hand, is capable of FULL-AUTO fire, which is why military forces around the world utilize them: when assaulting another force, FULL-AUTO is seen as necessary fire power. Since the so-called "assault weapon" is capable of only semi-auto fire (I have a semi-auto rifle that is over a century old), it is seen as deficient, nay, obsolete -- like the old Garand M1 rifle, a semi-automatic rifle firing the .30-06 (a FAR MORE POWERFUL round than a semi-auto AR-15 "assault weapon").

You should know that as many as 15,000,000 U.S. civilians now own semi-auto carbines (your so-called "assault weapons") for home defense, long-range target shooting (cheap ammo, low recoil), and increasingly hunting; in fact, gun writers now predict than in a few years re-chambered AR 15s will supplant "traditional" hunting rifles due to superior ergonomics, low recoil, and comparable accuracy. This is easy to predict since the class of weapon you see no "need for" is now the largest-selling rifle (short of .22s) in the U.S.

Think of that 15,000,000 voting bloc, think of that bloc growing rapidly, think of semi-auto carbines as the rifle of choice in the U.S.

Now, try to ban it.
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