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  •  So, given the emphasis on terminology... (4+ / 0-) your second sentence, I think this point needs to be made:

    You seem to be talking about assault weapons that are rifles, not assault rifles. "Assault rifle" is generally used a term for a full-automatic or selective-fire small arm, whereas "assault weapon" is a term that includes the semi-automatic rifles you're discussing and that are now under debate. Assault rifles are already heavily regulated and require Class III permits to possess or transfer; assault weapons are now regulated mostly on a state-by-state basis and are readily available in most states through the same processes that a person would buy a pump shotgun or bolt-action rifle.

    This just goes to show that the emphasis on precise terminology in this debate isn't really all that important. Just as nobody is ever actually confused by the interchangeable use of "magazine" and "clip" in common conversation, nobody reading this is going to be unclear about what you meant by "assault rifle," even though that wasn't the technically accurate term. It's a pedantic quibble, not a real substantive point.

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    by JR on Tue Apr 23, 2013 at 12:48:27 PM PDT

    •  In other words, Modern Sporting Rifles....... (3+ / 0-)

      As we both know Assault Weapon is a meaningless term, so is MSR.....

      I don't really like the type for the most part but I understand why a lot of people do.  They are lightweight comfortable and very accurate even for a relatively novice shooter. Plus they are the most customizable firearm ever made (and if there's one thing Americans love is customizing their shit, from Spinners to Bedazzeling and beyond...) and they can be anything you personally want even to one I would like with Walnut furniture and the most beautiful bone color case hardening you have ever seen....Heck you can swap calibers just by swapping upper receivers and go from 204 Ruger to 450 Bushmaster and everything in between all with one basic rifle

      There is a reason beyond the possible ban that the AR and all its variants have become such popular and commonly owned rifles......

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      by buddabelly on Tue Apr 23, 2013 at 01:05:25 PM PDT

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    •  It was, by the way, the gun manufacturers... (2+ / 0-)
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      ...who introduced the term "assault weapon" as a marketing device.

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      by Meteor Blades on Tue Apr 23, 2013 at 03:44:11 PM PDT

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