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you want to use "assault" to further your goal in banning stuff by appealing to those who are low wattage thinkers or low information individuals.
Your definition of common sense is not sound since your argument is nonsensical
an assault RIFLE is a machine gun and none made after May 19, 1986 can be sold to civilians even though such a weapon is clearly the most constitutionally sound firearm
1) shooting the weapon with the buttstock tucked under the armpit of the hand that holds the pistol grip
2) full automatic fire from a seated position or prone position with the weapon on sandbag or a bipod.
neither one of these "advantages" have ANY relevance to semi autos being "more dangerous" than rifles firing the same cartridge without a protruding pistol grip.
I would note that the introduction of high impact plastic moulding was a major reason why military rifles and those built using military rifle parts (like colt's AR 15) feature pistol grips. straight line stocks are much easier to mould and are less likely to break and such stocks require an additional pistol grip to access the trigger mechanism
If you look at battle rifles (MI Garand, Mauser 98) and early semi carbines like the MI Carbine-the stocks are full length meaning the buttstock, grip and handguard are all essentially the same piece of wood. Modular construction based on plastic moulding is the current technique
Now so far I've not really been in on the pistol grip/features argument portion, so at this point I'm not arguing if you are right or wrong. I'm simply asking you to prove your point.
And that is time....Sorry for delays on some of these and I'll probably not get back till tomorrow night.
Actually it is not a unrealistic comparison. MANY PEOPLE believe that violence is some music leads to violence - from Charles Mason to the Rolling Stones to rap and rage music about cop killing songs. And they could say "EVERY ONE OF THOSE SONGS USES A 6 STRING GUITAR!" Therefore, we should outlaw guitars and similar instruments with more than 5 strings.
There are two flaws in your arguing "those elements make a firearm more dangerous."
1. Inherently, firearms are meant to be dangerous.
2. Contrary to what you seem to believe, passing laws to try to make firearms inaccurate is nonsensical and dangerous.
Obviously you do want hunting and target shooting outlawed by deliberately trying to make firearms incapable of doing either. Maybe you would want manufacturers to be required to put on loose and non-adjustable inaccurate gun sights too - and with triggers that sometimes just go off on their own.
Back to the guitar analogy, it would be to add to regulations that it is illegal to allow guitars to be tunable.
And people should recognize that anti-gun people are all but pathological liars. They pushed and urged people to get home defense shotguns. And lots -millions - of people did. They bought inexpensive pump 12 gauge shotguns with a pistol grip and folding stocks.
Now the anti-gun people are laughing with "HA! HA! FOOLED YOU! We are outlawing those!"
And, then, there is Joe Biden urging people to wildly fire off at the unknown and to commit a felony in Florida of a mandatory 20 years in prison with a shotgun.
I can understand why you think "it doesn't matter" how dangerous something is, but it would seem that many disagree, including many who are opposed to further restictions. After all, they're the ones who are arguing that these features should not be banned because they are not dangerous. The obvious implication is that if they are dangerous, then they should/can be banned. After all, if it didn't matter they would argue as you just did and say "It doesn't matter"
that is why exhibition shotgun shooters use a more sporting style gun without a pistol grip
rather for the one handed under the armpit position, or prone or sitting with the weapon on a rest or bipod in full auto, the pistol grip is a bit easier