This blog post is very eloquently
written and summarizes the whole sordid "Assault Weapon"
game of smoke & mirrors perfectly:
"As Josh Sugarmann of the
Violence Policy Center put it:
The weapons menacing looks, coupled with
the publics 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.
The concept of assault weapon, is entirely
superficial, and designed to facilitate the banning of ordinary
firearms based solely on their cosmetic similarity to machine
guns. Furthermore, the AR in AR-15 does not
mean automatic rifle or assault rifle.
AR refers to Armalite, the company that initially designed
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