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Assault Weapon Terror

Posted by vpcadmin on February 27, 2008

Those crazy Gun Blobbers claim that they have a right to own dreaded Assault Weapons. They claim that we abused the term in order to score cheap political points, that most assault weapons count as heavy weapons or utilize explosive warheads. That it is a term so vague it can be used to ban almost anything we choose. Well, we think our dear leader Josh Sugarmann explained it best:

“Assault weapons—just like armor-piercing bullets, machine guns, and plastic firearms—are a new topic. The weapons’ menacing looks, coupled with the public’s confusion over fully automatic machine guns versus semi-automatic assault weapons—anything that looks like a machine gun is assumed to be a machine gun—can only increase the chance of public support for restrictions on these weapons. In addition, few people can envision a practical use for these weapons.”

-Josh Sugarmann, Assault Weapons and Accessories in America, 1988

That should clear up the NRA Liars rumor. Assault weapons clearly are machine guns.

Additionally, the Gun Blobbers try to use technical information to hide the facts about assault weapons. One lie is that assault weapons are only marginally faster than Lee-Enfield bolt-action rifles. Well, we say Lee-Enfield rifles are assault weapons as well. A bolt-action assault weapon, such as the Lee-Enfield, can fire at a frightening rate of 20-30 rounds per minute, with an absolute maximum rate of 38 rounds per minute. An M1 Garand, a semi-automatic assault weapon, can fire from 16-24 rounds per minute. The Lee-Enfield is therefore 25% even more deadly than all other assault weapons.

However, the M1 Garand also has a maximum rate of fire of 50 unaimed shots per minute. That makes all semi-automatic assault weapons even more deadly than bolt-action assault weapons. The ability to fire unaimed shots is truly what differentiates minor assault weapons (the Lee-Enfield) from major assault weapons (the M1 Garand).

It goes without saying, lever-action and pump-action rifles are in the middle of the deadliness scale.

Hat tip to Jadegold.

One Response to “Assault Weapon Terror”

  1. Lyle said

    Don’t forget the so-called “Brown Bess” terror/assault weapon, which can fire three shots per minute and has accounted for untold thousands of deaths. There are 24 hours in a day and there are 60 minutes in an hour, according to several studies. That means anyone with a Brown Bess assault weapon, could go crazy and kill 1440 children in just one day!!! The Brown Bess terror/assault weapon, it is believed, can also be used for unaimed fire. In fact, it doesn’t even have real sights!

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