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Friday, April 17, 2009

The Misnomer about Civilian Assault Rifles

This is not a pro nor an anti assault rifle post. This is about the actual facts about civilian assault rifles, and is meant to educate you, and help you understand the weapons the bans better.

In 1989 Guns like the Uzi, and the AK-47 were outlawed from import. This did not curb violence. In fact, the State of California saw an increase over five years of 26%. In 2000 when California banned more guns, the murder rate by gun increased another 13% while the rest of the country saw little or no increases. The 1989 law only forbids the sell of Civilian assault rifles to law abiding citizens. It does nothing to combat the illegal sales, or thefts. Nor does in do anything for the fully automatic weapon, which by in large is too expensive for the average gun owner to afford. These guns have been heavily regulated since the National Firearms act of 1934. Laws such as the 1968 Gun Control act, and the 1986 Firearm Owners Protection act, affected the import and civilian ownership of fully automatic firearms. And latter the acts fully prohibited sales of any newly manufactured fully automatic guns to any not in law enforcement or to a Special occupational taxpayer dealer.

The misnomer about civilian assault rifles is that they are more powerful than hunting rifles. This is not true. A Civilian AK-47 has less power than a Winchester 30-30. All these civilian assault weapons are, are hunting rifles in disguise. They might look scary (or pretty to some), but they are not a fully automatic weapon. And they are not a terrorist weapon of choice as they are not powerful enough. It is military grade that they look for, not the civilian counterpart.

After the ban expired, the murder by gun rate dropped by 14%. Overall, the crime rates fell in the US. Other countries that have banned guns have also seen an increase in violent crime, in Britain and Australia crime nearly doubled, In Ireland crime rose 114%, in Jamaica by 42%.

The 2nd amendment has nothing to do with hunting, and everything to do with our security. Those of us that own civilian assault rifles are not anti-government nor do we belong to a terrorist organization and we are definitely not sending them down to Mexico. The drug cartels there acquired their guns from the federalises and the military who were supplied by the US Government. Only 17 percent of guns found at Mexican crime scenes have been traced to the U.S. A large percentage of the guns recovered are not sent back to the U.S. for tracing, because it is obvious from their markings that they do not come from the U.S. In truth there is a variety of sources for these guns, Asia, Russia, South America to name a few.

It is time that we start looking at the civilian assault rifle for what it truly is, a medium powered hunting rifle in a black casing.

Full disclosure: I do not own a civilian assualt rifle.


Anonymous said...

The assault weapon ban was NEVER about taking dangerous guns off the street or stemming violence. It was merely an incremental imposition of what government (and the draft-dodging coward Clinton) hoped would be a complete gun ban. It was about disarmament. It's akin to the government telling you that you could still exercise your other civil rights, but could only vote for certain candidates or speak certain words or gather in designated places or worship certain gods.

Phelan said...

Exactly, but not everyone sees it that way. What they feel is what the media and the government tells them. This post is simple, to help people actually understand that to call these guns "assualt Riffles" is a misrepresentation of what they truly are. Those of us that have actually handled the guns, realize that there isn't a difference between the unbanned hunting rifles and the recently unbanned Civilian assualt rifles. These guns should have never been labeled as assualt and they shouldn't have been banned. It is merely a way to scare the rifle challenged into voting and agree with those that are terrified of an armed Country.

MCK said...

Phelan, Great post, could not have said it better myself. I do think we need to change the terminology and cease calling them "Assualt Rifles". Hell any rifle or hangun for that matter can be used to assualt someone with if you are so inclined. I mean what difference is it gonna make if you get shot with a AR-15 or a bolt action 223? The Assault weapon label is something that the gun-grabbing, bleeding heart, socialist pigs came up with to instill fear and hate in the ill-informed American public. I perfer to call them a semi-automatic rifle or just call them by name i.e. AR-15, AK47. On the homefront not much has changed but we may be getting some help from gma and gpa to try to get child #1 turned around and hopefully back home. Keep up the great work and God bless---MCK

Phelan said...

Thank you MCK. I am glad things might be turning around for you. And we await your return.

Benjamin Franklin said...

"The strictest law sometimes becomes the severest injustice."

"An investment in knowledge pays the best interest."

Bulldog115366 said...

The anti gunners are VERY clever in twisting words and figures around to suit their agendas......They are sneaky too!!!!! Just like that CNN reporter that tried to twist around on that guy she was "interviewing". But as always, once a light is shone on that type of person, the truth comes out!!! Thanks for a great post!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Assault rifles do kill people. Alot more. You fucking honkys who don't think so are ignorant trailer trash sister loving idiots. Gang bangers prefer these rifles because of the high capacities of their magazines and the ability to cause extreme havoc when they enter flesh. some of you honkys who don't know what the word cavitation means should pick up a dictionary. That's what happens when a .223 round hits your body. I was once an Infantry soldier in the U.S. Army. When I got out I went back to Miami Florida to teach my fellow gang bangers everything good 'ol uncle sam taught me.

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