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Everything is an 'assault weapon' if you stretch the definition far enough
Cleveland Gun Rights Examiner ^ | September 10, 2009 | Daniel White

Posted on 09/11/2009 11:45:35 PM PDT by Still Thinking

The Ohio Coalition Against Gun Violence, with their usual propensity for lying, is claiming they have proof that Columbus' "assault weapons ban" which expired three years ago was smart legislation.

Monday, a police officer was shot during a high speed chase by what is being reported as an "AK-47" (I remain dubious). Another was shot with a handgun by the drunk driving suspect.

Since nowhere in any of the reports can I find any statement confirming it was an automatic rifle, I am forced to assume that it was not. Real AK-47s are quite rare in this country, having been all but banned since 1934. The last time the media reported a machine gun was found, it turned out to be nothing of the sort. That was in the city of Lorain when a councilman reported finding a machine gun, which was later confirmed to be a semi-automatic pistol that only looked like one.

Most likely, what was used was a semi-automatic rifle that looks like an AK-47. These are similar to the common AR-15 rifles, which are semi-automatic versions of the M-16 that the US military uses. These rifles are not illegal, were not illegal under the "assault weapons ban," and are functionally no different than many hunting rifles. Because they look scary, they are both desired by criminals who mostly want them for intimidation, as well as demonized by anti-gun politicians and the media.

You certainly can't take the Ohio Coalition Against Gun Violence's word for it. In their argument against these types of guns and as evidence for the need to a renewed "assault weapons ban," they point to their own study which they say proves that 1 in 5 law enforcement officers killed is shot by an "assault weapon." Yet, if you look at their study, they barely try to disguise the fact that they are stretching the truth. For each instance, they show a picture of a rifle and note that "each weapon shown is representative of the brand or model of assault weapon and is not a picture of the specific weapon used in the shooting described in the narrative." In other words, they found the scariest picture they could that was close enough.

When reading stories like this it is important to keep in mind that they have an agenda to push and aren't above lying or intentionally misleading to further it. You can easily find airsoft guns that look like machine guns, that doesn't mean that they are. And since these "assault weapons" are exactly the same as other guns that don't look as evil, ask yourself this: if the gun control movement got their way and the guns that looked scary were banned, would the criminals commit crimes unarmed or use the less scary looking ones? The answer is clear.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Government
KEYWORDS: assaultweapon; banglist
Please click through to the original article. Those guys get paid by the click.
1 posted on 09/11/2009 11:45:35 PM PDT by Still Thinking
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To: Still Thinking
I clicked through. Now, an example of their point:



A picture as an assault weapon of mass destruction.
2 posted on 09/11/2009 11:48:54 PM PDT by Rastus
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To: Rastus

oh man, right before turning in; talk about nightmares! Yikes.


3 posted on 09/11/2009 11:49:46 PM PDT by bushwon ("If you think healthcare is expensive now, just wait till it is free! "~ PJ O'Rourke)
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To: Rastus

Well, I would hate to be beaten with one of those. Or with whatever IT was beaten with.


4 posted on 09/11/2009 11:50:08 PM PDT by Still Thinking (If ignorance is bliss, liberals must be ecstatic!)
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To: Still Thinking

i clicked on the story to help his salary, but returned to your post only to view a picture of some rare, repugnant, feral, washingtonian beast.


5 posted on 09/11/2009 11:54:50 PM PDT by robomatik
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To: Still Thinking

A better way of dealing with this is to get the thugs who cause these crimes off the streets.


6 posted on 09/12/2009 12:41:08 AM PDT by American Constitutionalist
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To: Rastus


One is a salt weapon from M-113 and one is a fictional Star Trek monster.
7 posted on 09/12/2009 1:35:53 AM PDT by UnbelievingScumOnTheOtherSide (Give Them Liberty Or Give Them Death! - IT'S ISLAM, STUPID! - Islam Delenda Est! - Rumble thee forth)
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To: Still Thinking
I have been thinking of building a paper kite replete with a picture of an A-10 Warthog, emblazoned right smack in the middle and trimmed, at the edges with real daisies.

Should I get a license for it? Is it even legal, you know, with a picture of a very lethal weapon on it?

It could scare someone or hurt their feelings, despite the “Fabulous” Daisies. Should I be more sensitive.

Sorry, I know this post is going to get me criticized but, I don't want to scare anyone or hurt their feelings. /S

8 posted on 09/12/2009 1:36:21 AM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously... You'll never live through it.)
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To: Rastus
Dammit! Topper!

I had a perfectly legitimate and sissified post that was going to garner plenty of attention until I saw this.

You are the winner and now I have to wash my eyes out.

I am a fellow Freeper and hope to post again in the future but, who knows with the damage I recently suffered to my retinas.

I wish I had worn sunglasses at midnight like all the other cool idiots in Hollywood.

Ouch!

9 posted on 09/12/2009 1:40:19 AM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously... You'll never live through it.)
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To: Still Thinking
Of course it is-- my kitchen has cleavers, knives, and slicers... want to scare a door-to-door saleman?

Greet him with one of these in your hands...

My truck has machetes, shovels, and a bush hook, among other tools- can you kill a man with these- you betcha! If you are strong, and fast.

Of course, the generic "what I drive" is even deadlier-- about 50,000 people are killed every year by cars...

10 posted on 09/12/2009 2:00:11 AM PDT by backhoe (All across America, the Lights are going out...)
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To: backhoe

Whatever. the one on the bottom looks like a blade from Sham Wow!

“You watchin’ me camera man?”

/S


11 posted on 09/12/2009 2:24:58 AM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously... You'll never live through it.)
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To: Still Thinking
And these two weapons would be classified as AK-47s (one is a Norinco Type 56 and the other an Ingram MAC-10)
12 posted on 09/12/2009 3:01:50 AM PDT by myknowledge (F-22 Raptor: World's Largest Distributor of Sukhoi parts!)
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To: Rastus

While trying to eat breakfast, I stumbled upon this thread...suddenly I’ve lost my appetite...


13 posted on 09/12/2009 4:29:06 AM PDT by orlop9
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To: Rastus

***A picture as an assault weapon of mass destruction. ***

Please refrain from throwing visual acid in people’s eyes. It burns the corneas and retinas!


14 posted on 09/12/2009 7:18:20 AM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Tar and feather the sons of b!#ches! Ride them out of town on a rail!)
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

Maybe we should have a rule that people need to issue a visual warning posting first before posting a picture of any of those Leftist hags [’hags’ means – ummm.. okay: heavenly angelic girls, yeah that’s the ticket, so don’t get offended]

People really need to have a warning before they scroll past such Ugl... “beauty”......

BTW, where can a person get a copy of that ‘Journalist’s guides to Firearm Identification’ image?


15 posted on 09/12/2009 9:37:18 AM PDT by GYL2 (Always mystify, mislead and surprise the enemy Thomas J. (Stonewall) Jackson)
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To: GYL2

Never mind, I found that myself:

http://blog.robballen.com/2009/09/08/p3717-because-im-nothing-if-not-helpful.post

http://www.arizonarifleman.com/2009/09/07/the-citizens-guide-to-small-arms/


16 posted on 09/12/2009 9:45:14 AM PDT by GYL2 (Always mystify, mislead and surprise the enemy Thomas J. (Stonewall) Jackson)
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To: Vendome

Helen Thomas. The Freeper joke that never gets old.


17 posted on 09/12/2009 2:30:42 PM PDT by Rastus
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