What The Heck Is An Assault Rifle…And Why Does Everyone Want To Ban Them?

Filed Under (The HELL You Say!) by admin on 24-10-2012

Before I begin, we need to apply some rules of proper grammer…………..

“Assault” is a verb therefore an action. It is not an adjective used to describe something.

There is no such thing as an ‘assault rifle’ it’s either a semi-automatic rifle, a fully automatic rifle, or any one of a myriad of various other rifle action types.

Many people describe the semi-automatic AR15/AK47 style firearms as an ‘assault rifle’ because it ‘looks like’ the military version which is also capable of fully automatic fire and 3 round bursts. The reality is that the civilian semi-auto AR15/AK47 cannot fire any faster than a Ruger 10/22, which is what most people and kids think of when they think of a .22 cal. hunting rifle.

These rifles cannot fire any faster than you can pull the trigger and are (potentially speaking) no more or less accurate than any other semi-automatic hunting rifle in various calibers, available for hunting small game, varmints, pests, predators, and large game.

I would also like to point out that the AR/AK platforms are supremely capable firearms of choice for hog hunting. Larger capacity and quick target acquisition are absolutely necessary when trying to control the damage an exploding feral hog population is inflicting on rural America.

The reality is, that these facts put the AR15 and AK47 rifles in the same class as any other hunting rifle. In fact, the ammunition most commonly associated with them is somewhat under powered when compared to most other semi-automatic hunting rifles which come in larger calibers. And speaking of caliber, there are some great bolt action hunting rifles very similar in caliber to the AR or AK, that are excellent youth hunting rifles.

Let’s also keep in mind that there are some extremely well machined and engineered semi-auto hunting rifles with far more reliable operating mechanisms, in far bigger calibers (if you can afford them). This means that a merely adequate shooter can actually do more damage, from longer ranges, with a high quality semi-automatic 30-06 hunting rifle; Doing it faster, with far fewer malfunctions than most very good shooters could do with an AR or AK, (so called)“assault rifle”.

Now tell a country full of hunters that you want ban their favorite dear/elk/moose rifle and see what kind of reaction you will get!

Yet Leftist gun grabberes want to ban the AR15/AK47 style firearms because they ‘look dangerous’, they must be evil, and therefore must be banned… Well I contend that clowns ‘look evil’ so they must be dangerous, and therefore must be banned; but I don’t see anyone jumping on my ‘Ban the Clowns’,“banned” wagon here!

So, lets take it a step further. Enter the tried and true Remington 700 bolt action .308 caliber, which has been around since 1948!  Arguably one of the most popular hunting rifles ever made.

 “Bolt action” means that you must manually operate a sliding bolt back and forth to load a live round into the gun before you fire it.  Then after firing, operate the sliding bolt back and forth again to “eject” – or unload – the empty brass casing. Before you can shoot again, the process must be repeated to once more load a “live” bullet – pull the trigger, and fire again. This takes time. It’s not nearly as fast as the semi-auto AR/AK platforms.  OK….got it?  “Remington hunting rifle”… hold that thought. 

So, now what if I told you that I wanted to ban the M24 sniper rifle?  “SNIPER!”… sounds pretty sinister… right

It certainly LOOKS sinister… like a military firearm, all black, “tacticool” and everything. Based on the criteria of a supposed AR/AK ban it would seem to make sense. After all the M24 is also capable of committing a military style “assault” and it can do it from much longer ranges.

But the reality is much, much different. The M24 is nothing more than a Remington 700 chambered in .308 with a better fitting barrel, an easier trigger pull, and tighter tolerances. (BTW these are things that any good gunsmith can do – and do at a relatively reasonable charge too…) Oh and of course the M24 has the “tact-i-cool” stock and trimmings, but it’s still nothing more than the beloved and venerable hunting rifle, the Remington 700 in .308 caliber.  There are literally 100’s of thousands of these classic American hunting rifles in closets and gun safes around the country right now.

So if they ban AR’s and AK’s based on their appearance with nothing more than that one single fact to go on, how long will it be before they come after your grandfather’s 700 bolt action hunting rifle?

With all of that said; I remind you that the Second Amendment to the Constitution in our Bill of Rights has absolutely NOTHING to do with hunting. In the 1780’s when the Constitution and Bill of Rights were written, ‘hunting’ was simply a ‘matter-of-course’ in daily life and always had been in every civilization and every culture throughout history up to that point. The ability to feed and clothe yourself and your family was, simply speaking, “mutually assumed”. Hunting isn’t even mentioned in the Constitution, because it wasn’t considered as part of the thought process when the Bill of Rights was written

US Constitution; Second Amendment:
“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

The Second Amendment was included by the Founding Fathers, to allow citizens to defend themselves – and yes to defend themselves against a tyrannical government if necessary.

The Second Amendment serves no other purpose than to defend the God given freedoms outlined in our constitution that so many people seem to take for granted. Without the threat of an armed population born in the Second Amendment how would our citizens defend ourselves against tyranny?

Or better yet ask yourself this; How did unarmed populations historically do when trying to defend themselves against tyranny? It doesn’t take a history scholar to figure this out folks… They died. Tyranny won. Freedom lost.

So, anyone with me on banning clowns yet?

 

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