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They won’t like your politically incorrect, self-loading rifle either

A discussion of terminology: Assault rifle, modern sporting rifle, assault weapons. I don’t think it matters anymore what we call them. It used to. And, believe me, I’ve spent a lot a of time distinguishing between the made up term assault weapon and the misused term assault rifle for years. But I think we’re passed that. Doesn’t matter anymore. The AR-15 is now mainstream and the most popular semi-auto firearm out there. Sure, it’s technically wrong to call them assault rifles or assault weapons but I don’t think that distinction matters much in the political discourse. Unless we start calling them baby-killing, hippie-punching purveyors of death or something, it won’t make one wit of difference. The anti-gunners will lie. And they will still lose.

That we’re even having this debate means we’re winning.

20 Responses to “They won’t like your politically incorrect, self-loading rifle either”

  1. Molon Labe Says:

    I agree. Why waste time debating semantics when we could just ask them to show us where the piles of dead baristas in Starbucks are being kept.

  2. Free-range Oyster Says:

    I’m not keen on killing babies but “hippie-punching purveyors of death” would be a selling point to me, I must confess.

  3. Weer'd Beard Says:

    I was discussing the issue with somebody who called an AR-15 an “Assault Rifle”. I pointed out the lack of select-fire. We prattled for a bit. He finally said:
    “What do you call an AR-15?”

    I responded “A Rifle”. (You COULD substitute “Carbine” too, I guess)

  4. Robb Allen Says:

    I disagree. What you call it is important.

    Otherwise, we’re going to be discussing the best places to get 15 round clips for our Glocks, and that’s a road we shouldn’t be traveling!

  5. HL Says:

    It doesn’t help that the uninitiated think the “AR” in the name means Assualt Rifle. If I am not mistaken, the “A” stands for Armalite.

    But the point is well made. It really doesn’t matter anymore.

  6. Bryan S. Says:

    I used to have this argument with people all the time who wanted to call paintball guns “markers” because that would protect them from people who didnt like firearms.

    It didn’t, as in the end, its a gun, and to them, they have either an irrational fear of a certain shape of an object, or they have a desire to control others and the idea of a gun puts them out of reach of that power.

  7. TomcatTCH Says:

    I completely agree with Robb Allen on this.
    words have power.

    Those who would disarm us for their safety know this.
    “Cop Killer Bullets”
    “weapons cache”
    “high capacity magazine”
    “assault weapon”

  8. Shootin' Buddy Says:

    “Unless we start calling them baby-killing, hippie-punching purveyors of death or something, it wont make one wit of difference.”

    Pffft, I have “This machine punches hippies” written on all my AR-15s, and AR-180s.

  9. Tirno Says:

    I, myself, am proud to own a couple HPRs.

  10. ExtremeTolerance Says:

    I too would buy the “hippie puncher”. HP-15?

  11. Ron W Says:

    When people question why I want to own “assault weapons” I often ask if they have “assault knives” in their kitchen drawer.

    The they are tutored that “assualt” refers to an offensive military tactic or a criminal offense.

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  13. Mr Evilwrench Says:

    Yes, HL, actually the whole AR prefix denotes ARmalite. Check out the AR-24

  14. Bubblehead Les Says:

    Hey, you all don’t be Hating! One can punch Hippies with Moisen-Nagants, Remington 870’s, Glock 19’s with a 33 round Magazine, 1911’s, J-Frames…..

  15. comatus Says:

    NPR rolled out a new one just today. Referred to a walking-gun as a “Semi-Assault Rifle.”

    Border truck drivers, beware.

  16. Lyle Says:

    “…wont make one wit of difference.”

    I think you want “whit” as in “a very small amount”. To wit; It won’t make a whit of difference.

  17. rickn8or Says:

    TomcatTCH, you left out the latest Brady-ite buzzphrase: “High-Capacity Assault Clips”.

    Can hardly wait to see what PSH-inducing phrase they come up with next.

  18. Pyrotek85 Says:

    I especially liked the ‘heat seeking incendiary rounds’ LOL

  19. McThag Says:

    People, please!

    It’s EVIL Baby Killing.

    Good babies have nothing to fear.

  20. Tiberius Says:

    Reminds me of my dad….thinks “assault rifles” should be banned. Take him to a local demo shoot, Springfield Armory is there. He happily popped off some rounds with thier M1As because they look just like the M-14 he carried in the Army back in the ’60s (he served Stateside).

    Dad: That was fun, haven’t shot one of those in years.

    Me: I thought you wanted ‘assault rifles’ banned.

    Dad: But those weren’t ‘assault rifles’.

    Me: But guns like that are what the anti-gunners mean when they say ‘assault rifle’.

    Dad: But they aren’t machine guns!

    Me: They know that….

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