What is an Assault Weapon?

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  1. Pellinore
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    The terms 'assault rifle' and 'assault weapon' are not interchangeable. 'Assault rifle' has a specific military term; the most notable characteristic of the assault rifle is the selector switch, that allows the wielder to select between fully automatic, three-round burst, and semi-automatic fire. A semi-automatic AR-15 is therefore, strictly speaking, not an assault rifle.

    'Assault weapon' has no specific term, so people will generally use it however they like. Pro-gun control people tend to use it to refer to any weapon they don't like, and pro-gun rights people tend to point out how if taken super-literally, it can be used to describe a rock or a stick, and it's therefore a silly term.

    And then a bunch of other terms such as 'machine gun,' 'long arm,' 'sporting rifle,' and so on show up, and the whole arena gets muddied up so no one knows what they're talking about - which is kind of normal in modern politics.

    I try to encourage people to use 'semi-automatic rifle' when they're talking about semi-automatic rifles. Sometimes they listen.
     
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    What constitutes an assault weapon is determined by law-making bodies – not by the military, gun manufacturers, or posters on internet message boards.
     
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    and when the government makes this an assault weapon

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    Clayton will back them 100%.
     
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    Bash someone's head in with a hammer and you have an "assault hammer."
    Stab someone in the chest with a knife and you have an "assault knife."
    Et cetera, et cetera, et cetera.
     
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    You tend to be consistent wrong on gun issues. Legislatures and courts define what constitute assault weapons and, at the end of the day, what constitutes an assault weapon is cosmetic features and not the capability of the weapon:

    Assault weapon - Wikipedia
     

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