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  •  For me I am more concerned about where we (4+ / 0-)

    go from here. The term "Assault Weapon" was a marketing ploy to sell more weapons. Just like the terms "Weapons of Mass Destruction" and the "War on Terror" are marketing ploys intended to stir people up emotionally. What matters more, how we got where we are or where do we go from here and how do we get there?

    I guess I don't see the problem with civilian semi-automatic rifles being more comfortable to hold, more controllable and more effective, those actually sound like pretty good safety features, imagine the marketing campaign "Buy our x brand of firearm, they are lighter, more comfortable and will help improve your aim, which will make you a safer and better marksman." Sadly they chose the route of "Our weapons now look cool and will make you feel like you are really in the military."

    Military R&D (or any other for that matter) often makes it into the civilian market place. The military found a better design using newer materials that makes handling and firing a weapon easier on the soldier, affords them better control over the weapon and helps them shoot more accurately, all which allow them to be safer, why shouldn't civilians have access to the same technological advances?

    I guess the caveat here would be that with these modifications making it into the civilian market place we have potentially allowed the citizenry to be somewhat more lethal than they were before. I say potentially because a person with a 10 round magazine that knows how to shoot is going to be far more lethal than someone with a 20 or 30 round magazine that thinks they are in the military.

    You eat a lot of acid, Miller, back in the hippie days?

    by oldpunk on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 02:34:26 AM PST

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