Skip to comments.Gun Lingo Lesson
Posted on 04/23/2013 8:01:08 AM PDT by 2nd amendment mama
There are many new and well used "code words" floating around these days, as well as the not-so-new ones. Let's decipher some of them....
"Common Sense": This term, especially when spoken by a politician, indicates an attempt to sway your personal opinion using emotion and carefully selected events to prove a predetermined outcome. These events when presented as a group offer "proof" to justify the personal beliefs or prejudices of the presenter.
"Gun Show Loophole": This term has been bandied about by politicians, journalists, and many who think that the average citizen is not capable of being responsible for their own actions. Make no mistake, There is no magic line that nullifies any firearms laws when you enter a gun show. In fact, there are undercover BATFE agents and local law enforcement officers who are present in droves at gun shows with the sole intent of catching those who would attempt to break the law.
"Unlicensed Dealer": There is no such thing. Anyone "engaging in the business" of buying and selling firearms for the profit motive is REQUIRED by federal law to obtain a Federal Firearms License (FFL). Private individuals are NOT required to have a license to sell their own personal property...firearms included. Guns sold from one law abiding citizen to another are not required to undergo a background check. This simple fact is what prevents us from having a national gun registry.
"Universal Background Check (UBC)": This is a back-door registration scheme being lauded as a "common sense" solution to keep guns away from criminals. In reality, and by the admission of those who are pushing for the new regulations, criminals will not subject themselves to a UBC. They will CONTINUE to obtain firearms through illegal means. The net result will be a nationwide registration of law abiding gun owners via the FFL's bound book and the form 4473 which is required to be maintained by the FFL. These records will be accessible by federal agents for "law enforcement purposes". Stating in the law that a "registry" is forbidden does not make it so. Saying that "misuse" is forbidden or punishable by X number of years in prison does not mean that it won't be abused, or even that those who do abuse it will be prosecuted. We have seen time and again where federal agencies have executed "sting" operations that were unconstitutional (or worse) and were never charged with any crime.
"Assault Weapon": To blame a hunk of metal for an assault is to say that the individual who committed the crime is not in control of his actions while he was holding that object. No gun magically turns you into a murderer any more than a car turns you into a drunk driver or a pen turns you into an award winning novelist.
"Automatic Weapons": This is a vastly misunderstood and misused term. An "fully-automatic" firearm is one which, when the trigger is depressed and held, will continue firing until the trigger is released. A "semi-automatic" firearm or "auto-loading" firearm is one which, when the trigger is depressed, will fire one round and reload itself until the ammunition storage device (magazine) is empty. For each depression of the trigger only one round is fired.
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Gun control is kinda like trying to solve drunk driving by making it harder for sober people to own cars.
Gun control laws have very little impact on crime statistics. Guess what Chicago has that Billings MT or Vermont does not have?
A large population of criminals.
Gun Control = People Control
Gun Lingo Lesson
This isn’t a list of various names for guns - but thanks for your addition. What Pat is trying to do is explain for the “novice” how the left has changed our language when it relates to gun control.
You and I know that but the low information voter doesn’t.
I thought the ‘gun show loophole’ was about people being able to buy weapons in the parking lot and not needing any kind of check or FFL.
It isn’t only guns they want to control just about everything th country stands for.
Thry fail to understand utopia isn’t a real place.
Thank you for all you do to get this info out there.
Yeah, it’s kind of like saying that all journalists have to be registered and licensed, and then complaining about the “blogging loophole.”
Mercifully the author didn’t attempt anything really difficult like pointing out the difference between a clip and a magazine. That one appears to be beyond the entire Harvard faculty. BTT.
You’re welcome. Glad someone appreciates it. Sometimes I wonder when we have some Freepers who are so critical of things we put out there. Seems it’s never good enough or correct enough. They always feel the need to criticize. I truly wonder exactly what they are doing on a daily basis to protect our rights!
In general usage, this is correct; HOWEVER, it is not incorrect to refer to a semi-automatic pistol as an "automatic." Yes this is confusing; however, it hearkens back to the late 19th and early 20th century; the early days of "automatic loading pistols." Indeed, the official US government nomenclature for the beloved 1911 is, "Automatic Pistol, Caliber .45, M1911." When it was phased out as the standard service issue sidearm, the military changed the terminology to reflect contemporary usage and labeled the Beretta, the, "Pistol, Semiautomatic, 9mm, M9."
The manufacturers back in the day marketed their semi-automatic pistols as, "automatics," so, especially for old-timers, or those of us who learned from them, the reference to a semiautomatic pistol as an, "automatic," is not inappropriate...
Actually, that was one of the things I was hoping to learn from the posting, but it wasn't there. Could you explain it for an admittedly firearms-ignorant but eager-to-learn Freeper? I am not a member of the Harvard faculty, so you can have reasonable confidence that I'll get it!
An internal magazine obviously has a specific capacity, but an external magazine can be longer or thicker or both in order to hold more cartridges.
A clip is a hunk of metal that holds cartridges together so that they can be inserted into a magazine. It can't feed cartridges by itself as it has no spring or follower.
These are clips. The one on the left is for a Garand M1, which is an old U.S. army battle rifle. These cartridges are thrust into the magazine with the clip still attached, and when the last shot is fired, the clip itself is ejected. The one on the right is for an SKS, which is an old CommBloc military rifle. It is a "stripper clip", which means that it is not thrust into the magazine itself, but guides the cartridges in. HERE is a quick Youtube clip showing how it is used.
Here is a magazine for a .45 caliber pistol. The cartridges are pressed down into it - see the spring? The entire thing is inserted into the grip end of the pistol.
Here is a magazine for an AR-type rifle. The excitement is all about how long this can be made; that is, how many cartridges it can hold, hence how many you can fire before you have to reload. For some reason shooting ten times, reloading, and shooting ten more is regarded by the fearful as more dangerous than shooting twenty without a reload. I cannot actually say why.
Obviously there's no point in regulating the size of clips, because they're only there to help load a magazine whose size does not vary. Magazines, however, can vary widely in capacity. Hope all this helps. :-)
I had no idea so many reporters were familiar with the olde Webley-Fosbery. To be fair, many reporters sympathize with those of us who keep rifles for duck hunting.