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  • Any semi-automatic rifle (fires one shot every time the trigger is pulled)

    14 8.59%
  • A semi-automatic rifle with two or more of the features in the Brady bill.(see OP post)

    17 10.43%
  • A rifle that will keep firing bullets as long as you hold down the trigger.

    117 71.78%
  • A rifle that will fire 3 bullet every time you squeeze the trigger.

    51 31.29%
  • I do not know.

    16 9.82%
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    Re: What is an assault rifle?

    Quote Originally Posted by Goshin View Post
    If you're dismissing the difference between semi-auto and full auto, you are certainly ignoring relevant facts.


    Full auto lends itself readily to spraying large numbers of bullets around nearly at random.

    Semi-auto, not so much.
    I am not ignoring that. I know there is a difference. I have watched enough movies to know. I have also shot an M-16, Uzi, AK-47 and a full machine gun (browning something from the Vietnam War?).

    I said that I don't care what an assault rifle is.

    The point is that they all are designed to kill.

    EDIT: I am pro-gun, BTW. I am thinking about buying one here but I have to find out what the laws are in this nearly gunless society.
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    Re: What is an assault rifle?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bodhisattva View Post
    I am not ignoring that. I know there is a difference. I have watched enough movies to know. I have also shot an M-16, Uzi, AK-47 and a full machine gun (browning something from the Vietnam War?).

    I said that I don't care what an assault rifle is.

    The point is that they all are designed to kill.

    EDIT: I am pro-gun, BTW. I am thinking about buying one here but I have to find out what the laws are in this nearly gunless society.

    All purpose made weapons are designed to kill or inflict harm... that is why we call them weapons. What's your point?

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    Re: What is an assault rifle?

    Quote Originally Posted by Goshin View Post
    All purpose made weapons are designed to kill or inflict harm... that is why we call them weapons. What's your point?
    Somebody made a point that guns were not designed to kill people. I think that is silly and just pointed out the error in that line of thinking. I can't remember who said it now but I don't see us having a fundamental disagreement on anything.
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    Re: What is an assault rifle?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bodhisattva View Post
    Somebody made a point that guns were not designed to kill people. I think that is silly and just pointed out the error in that line of thinking. I can't remember who said it now but I don't see us having a fundamental disagreement on anything.
    Well, not all guns are designed to kill people. Many are designed to kill deer, squirrels, quail, or clay pigeons.

    I've heard the theory advanced that the intermediate-power cartridge used by "assault rifles" such as the M16 and M4 are intended to wound more often than kill... on the theory that a wounded man is more of a drain on the enemy's resources than a dead man. It is certainly true that, for instance, a 30-06 deer rifle is FAR more deadly per-round than a .223 M-16/AR15.

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    Darn it, I have to run into town... laters.

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    Re: What is an assault rifle?

    I'm no expert of definition and I will be the first to admit it. I get lost in technical conversation with true gun experts such as my friend Turtledude. Perhaps we should defer to his definition. That's the one I would most believe.

    But an assault rifle, as far as I am concerned, is any rifle used to assault somebody. I don't care if it's a BB gun.

    What we need to do is neutralize the assaulters. Don't matter to me what kind of rifle they use. Or pistol. Or knife. Or a truck full of diesel and fertilizer.

    Evil will find a way. Our wise move would be to regulate the causes and influences of this evil. No matter what approach we end up taking, if we take any at all, (as in 10 days, this news cycle and attention span will have done faded into the next,) some rights will have to be compromised. Somewhere.

    Should we abolish the commonplace violence shown with little or no regard on the movie screens? The gangster music? The video games? The 24/7 sensationalizing cable news media?

    We are bombarded with visuals of bodies being drug throgh the streets. Drones blowing up schoolhouses. Fires. Floods. Death, death, death. Dark evil. Evil glorified in 3D technicolor.

    Now people watch this stuff and read about it with the same regard as watching Jersey Shore. Desensitized to the max. Just another cheeky day.

    But that would curtail our right to free speech, no?

    Should we make a list of guns that are deemed acceptable for public use OR just outlaw the whole lot of them, with a zero tolerance policy stating that getting caught with a gun would result in your hidden execution within 48 hours? Disappear. Gone. No headlines. How many rights would that stomp on? Zillions.....

    No, there's only one solution for the direction our society is taking. And it calls for divine intervention. The spirit has to change. People are going to HAVE to WANT to change.

    However, until it hits us personally, in our homes, our churches, our schools, we will continue to voice our dismay and shed our tears as we continue to sit on our hands. That's what's going to happen.

    This too shall pass.

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    What is an assault rifle?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bodhisattva View Post
    I am not ignoring that. I know there is a difference. I have watched enough movies to know. I have also shot an M-16, Uzi, AK-47 and a full machine gun (browning something from the Vietnam War?).

    I said that I don't care what an assault rifle is.

    The point is that they all are designed to kill.

    EDIT: I am pro-gun, BTW. I am thinking about buying one here but I have to find out what the laws are in this nearly gunless society.
    Lots of things are designed for one purpose but used for others. Why is the original intent relevant here?

    As to the term itself. The military defined it so that is the correct definition.
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    Re: What is an assault rifle?

    Quote Originally Posted by OhIsee.Then View Post
    By what authority? Does everyone accept their definition?
    The Germans who invented the class of rifle, and the various others who adopted the concept and integrated those weapons into their military forces. Doesn't matter one bit how many people accept it or not.
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    What is an assault rifle?

    Who cares what it is? This isn't the topic the nation needs. It is the topic the media needs to sell more news, instead of doing a good job and reporting what they should. It is also a catchy jingle for politicians who can't solve the real issue.
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    Re: What is an assault rifle?

    Quote Originally Posted by Surtr View Post
    The Germans who invented the class of rifle, and the various others who adopted the concept and integrated those weapons into their military forces. Doesn't matter one bit how many people accept it or not.
    Speaking of that, did you hear that last week (or so) someone in CT went to turn her old rifle in at one of the buy back programs and found out it was a 1944 Sturmgewehr? Fortunately, the cop who was handling the program wasn't just a simple bureaucrat or a dirtball con artist and he told her what she had.

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