What Is An Assault Weapon?

Some lady asks people on the street:

I was pleasantly surprised most of them didn’t say some type of rifle with fully automatic extended clips, shoulder things that go up, and heat seeking bullets that could shoot down police helicopters.

Assault-Rifle-Because-I-Am-BlackThis winner though –> 1:42 – “Uhhhh that would be something like an M16 or AR-15 made by Bushmaster or one of those gun manufacturers” he says with his stupid looking hat, sunglasses, and smugness.

Thoughts?

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bandroidx November 1, 2013 at 12:57 am

IDK, it sounds like she conducted 90% of those interviews outside a gun range or something. Except for the douche with the hat, they didnt sound like the general public I know.

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Matt in FL November 1, 2013 at 09:40 am

This was originally posted over at The Truth About Guns (no, that’s not a slam against Mike at all), and I made the exact same observation (I think I used NRA convention). According to her, she did not edit out the “bad answers” and those were just random people outside a public transit station in Salt Lake City. I have no reason not to take her at her word.

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cottewmitch November 1, 2013 at 05:53 am

There was at least 2 people that had heavy accents not from within the states, and most of them knew what the word “semi-auto” meant. hm

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SittingDown November 1, 2013 at 06:32 am

“This winner though –> 1:42 “Uhhhh that would be something like an M16 or AR-15 made by Bushmaster or one of those gun manufacturers” he says with his stupid looking hat, sunglasses, and smugness.”

*cannot breath….LOL*

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tool719 November 1, 2013 at 07:11 am

If Im not mistaken a assault weapon has multiple selections on the selector.. ie: Safe, Semi, Auto. It makes no difference in the make, model or manufacturer of the firearm. A firearm with just two (Safe, Semi) selections on the selector is not considered an assault weapon.

Lots or misinformed people out there thinking anything that can assault someone is an assault weapon. Including many in the political arena…
jmo

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anon November 1, 2013 at 08:36 am

that’s just a select fire rifle, there are plenty of people that own machine guns and do not assault people with them.

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PJ November 1, 2013 at 11:38 am

You’re thinking of an assault RIFLE which is technical term. The gun community generally doesn’t consider “assault weapon” to be a technical term and don’t think it should be put into common usage since it has no meaning outside of being a legal term in those states that have bans on cosmetic features.

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jpcmt November 1, 2013 at 02:59 pm

THIS. An assault rifle is definable, I think, while an assault weapon is a vague catch-all phrase convenient for use in popular media with anti-gun overtones.

I am guessing that an assault rifle is a long gun that is select fire and designated by a military entity as a main battle rifle. STG44 is probably the first true assault rifle.

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jpcmt November 1, 2013 at 03:08 pm

Aha, just saw the wiki. Looks like an assault rifle is a intermediate cartridge (5.56, 7.62×39, etc.), magazine fed, select fire rifle. A battle rifle is the same but for higher powered cartridges.

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silenceXcorE November 1, 2013 at 07:55 am

“Uhhhh that would be something like an M16 or AR-15 made by Bushmaster or one of those gun manufacturers” LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL

Someone just left Piers’s place after a long night of dutch ruddering.

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Matt in FL November 1, 2013 at 09:40 am

I had to look that up. Thank God urbandictionary doesn’t have pictures.

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silenceXcorE November 2, 2013 at 04:46 am

Welp, here’s a more in depth analysis by Jason Mewes!

SFW

http://youtu.be/yGUuugNEUcU?t=28s

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dave w November 1, 2013 at 06:27 pm

AN assault weapon is a weapon to assault with, could be anything.

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Jim P. November 2, 2013 at 12:53 pm

I wonder how many clips hit the cutting room floor?

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