You are viewing an obsolete version of the DU website which is no longer supported by the Administrators. Visit The New DU.
Democratic Underground Latest Greatest Lobby Journals Search Options Help Login

Reply #34: I think we may be seeing semantic development in action [View All]

Printer-friendly format Printer-friendly format
Printer-friendly format Email this thread to a friend
Printer-friendly format Bookmark this thread
This topic is archived.
Home » Discuss » Topic Forums » Guns Donate to DU
Euromutt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-16-09 04:13 PM
Response to Reply #15
34. I think we may be seeing semantic development in action
The term "assault weapon" was originally coined to attach a stigma to military-looking semi-automatic firearms, the term implying that the primary (or the only) purpose of such weapons was to commit assault. But the term has gotten so overused, not to mention misapplied (the Chicago Tribune once referred to Mauser 98-type rifle as a "bolt-action assault rifle") that maybe it's just started to lose the meaning it was originally meant to convey.

Evidently, the woman quoted in the article doesn't attack any particular stigma to the term, simply because she's heard to too often. To her, the "assault" part in "assault weapon" no longer means "to physically attack" but just means "has a pistol grip and a banana-shaped clip thingy." If this is more widespread, the saturation of media reports with the term "assault weapon" will have come round to bite the anti-gun movement in the ass.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top

Home » Discuss » Topic Forums » Guns Donate to DU

Powered by DCForum+ Version 1.1 Copyright 1997-2002
Software has been extensively modified by the DU administrators

Important Notices: By participating on this discussion board, visitors agree to abide by the rules outlined on our Rules page. Messages posted on the Democratic Underground Discussion Forums are the opinions of the individuals who post them, and do not necessarily represent the opinions of Democratic Underground, LLC.

Home  |  Discussion Forums  |  Journals |  Store  |  Donate

About DU  |  Contact Us  |  Privacy Policy

Got a message for Democratic Underground? Click here to send us a message.

© 2001 - 2011 Democratic Underground, LLC