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Is there really such a thing as an "assault weapon"?

  • Not officially. But for common usage, yes.

    I spent 20 years in the Navy as a Gunner's Mate, dealing mostly with small arms (weapons that can be carried/held and fired by one person). In the military, no weapon I've ever heard of has ever been referred to as an assault weapon. Technically, the phrase "assault weapon" is slang. That term was coined by a civilian and in regards to civilian weapons that look like military weapons but are not fully automatic; AR-15 (civilian - semi auto) vs M-16 (military - full auto).

  • Yes, there really is a such thing as an "assault weapon"

    I would say yes, because I consider a weapon that is used for its sole purpose to shoot people an assault weapon. If you assault another person and you use a weapon in the assault, then that is a simple enough reason to use the term "assault weapon". I think that when society uses a term and it becomes recognized my the main stream public to have a specific definition, then you have to consider it valid.

  • But it's a game of semantics

    There are assault weapons, in the same sense that there are pit bulls. I always get my hackles up when I hear about a pit bull ban, because the term pit bull covers a large number of breeds of dog. In the same sense, the term assault weapon covers a large number of weapons.

    The English language is ever evolving, if everyone started calling cars by a new name, then both titles would be acceptable.

  • Yes, some weapons have no practical defensive purpose.

    Weapons can be defensive in nature, and many weapons which are now called 'assault-style' weapons can, in certain circumstances, be used defensively. These situations are in battlefield combat, however. When applied to civilian life, weapons which may be designed to lay down cover fire or defend stations in combat do not serve this purpose. Their only role here is to spray as much lead as fast as possible. Their role is to kill as many as possible.

  • Yes, there is an assault weapon!

    I agree, anyone using a gun or any other weapon could be considered an assault weapon. A gun would be an assault weapon because its purpose is to kill for sport or another person. I am not against guns because anything can be turned into an assault weapon, such as a knife, hammer, and chainsaw.

  • Lol you know

    Your argument is fucked when you're stuck arguing semantics and posting definitions from the dictionary. This is like arguing black people don't exist because African Americans aren't technically black. Of course assault rifles are a thing. Definition? Shit designed to kill the maximum number of human beings, what the military uses. This isn't complicated.

  • Lol you know

    Your argument is fucked when you're stuck arguing semantics and posting definitions from the dictionary. This is like arguing black people don't exist because African Americans aren't technically black. Of course assault rifles are a thing. Definition? Shit designed to kill the maximum number of human beings, what the military uses. This isn't complicated.

  • Assault Weapon == Military Style Weapon

    Light weight, high capacity, meant to fire many rounds, Rambo looking.

    There is a reason why SWAT teams do not use sniper rifles when they rush into a house. The Secret Service does not hide biathlon rifles under their suit jackets. There is a difference.

    If you are hunting deer with an AR-15 they you are an idiot that just wants to look like a bad-ass. If you need a high capacity rifle to protect your property then you should move to a new area and you should read (or re-read) the New Testament.

  • Assault Weapon == Military Style Weapon

    Light weight, high capacity, meant to fire many rounds, Rambo looking.

    There is a reason why SWAT teams do not use sniper rifles when they rush into a house. The Secret Service does not hide biathlon rifles under their suit jackets. There is a difference.

    If you are hunting deer with an AR-15 they you are an idiot that just wants to look like a bad-ass. If you need a high capacity rifle to protect your property then you should move to a new area and you should read (or re-read) the New Testament.

  • Of course there is.

    There's no logic behind saying there isnt, it's just a word. If a particular style of weapon whether in looks or functionality becomes widely known as something such as an "assault weopon" then it is an assault weopon, humans dictate language and the meaning of words.. You can call it anything you want if it catches on you have changed or added to the definition of that term. People who say there's no such thing are just politically motivated

  • No, you idiots

    The word “assault” in an action not word used to describe something. You wouldnt say that a tactical bag is an “assault bag” you would say that it is a “tactical bag” (I am referring to the typical type of bag useful by the military and other armed forces.) Assault rifles do not exist. There are tactical rifles that have things like keymod or Mlok rails on them, picitiny rails, adjustable stocks, (bump stocks, crane stocks, etc.) laser sights, vertical fore grips, and other things used by the military to make firing more accurately, effectively, and quickly. Technically you can get any firearm you want with the right forms, paperwork, and training. Also the military doesn’t call them “Assault” rifles. They call them “service” or “combat” rifles, not assault rifles.

  • No such thing.

    An Assault Weapon is a term aimed towards the civilian weapons. Little did you know most of the time people use civilian weapons for hunting or targets. Little usage for against humans is self defense. Only sometimes people us civilian weapons to attack people for no good reason. That could be mainly because a mental disorder. Other times people use them to rob banks and gas stations etc. Those are still not assault weapons. If you defend yourself its a "Defense Weapon". Now lets get onto the machine gun ride. Machine guns are illegal to own unless registered within the ATF. Full Auto weapons are as close as you can get to a fictional assault weapon. Plus muzzle breaks, bayolugs, folding stocks, etc. are made for some guns. Overall assault weapons are fictional. Machine guns are as close as you can get to a real assault weapon, but even those arent assault weapons. For further backing, reply to this argument.

  • No such thing...

    Assault is defined as a physical attack. To my knowledge there isn't a weapon (pistol or rifle) that has the capability of walking around by itself with the purpose of assaulting anyone. With the technology we have available to us, you would think people would do some research before speaking on issues they have knowledge about. The 28 years I spent in the military handling all types of small arms, I've never run across anything titled "Assault Rifle". People need to separate their emotions before trying to make decisions for others.

  • AR stands for Armalite

    Assault weapon is a made up term. Put a extended mag in a hunting rifle and there'd be no difference. So the next take away would be semi-auto rifles, then handguns. It's cascade of take aways that can't be allowed to start. The 2nd amendment would be history and so would the guns of free law abiding citizens.

  • No there is no such thing as an "assault weapon"

    AR does not stand for assault rifle, it stands for Armalite Rifle the company that created the first AR. Another reason is that assault is a verb not a noun, if i have a golf club it is called a golf club, if i take that golf club and assault someone with it it becomes an "assault club". If i have an AR-15 it is an AR-15, if I take that rifle and assault somebody with it then it becomes an assault rifle.

  • There is no such thing as an "assault rifle".

    Like many negative debaters in this argument, assault is a verb, not an adjective. The rifle has not "assaulted" someone on its own. A rifle is not a living being. Here are some examples: "She assaulted the officer with a knife. " "Henry assaulted Bob by punching him 10 times in the face."
    Therefore, an affirmative debater in this argument would be arguing that there is such thing as an "assault rifle", meaning that they believe a rifle is a living being. You CANNOT put the verb "assault" before the noun "rifle". In conclusion, I negate today's resolution.

  • Assault is a verb not an adjective.

    The verb Assault describes an action, I was assaulted, he is assaulting someone, she used a gun to assault him. Assault is the action taken. Johnny used a knife to assault Jimmy, this does not make the knife an assault knife. Johnny used a big knife, a blue knife, etc... Big, blue are adjectives, they describe the knife, assault cannot describe something because it is an action word, a verb. The anti-gun movement used the verb "assault" simply to scare people, to make people perceive the weapon (gun) as its own entity capable of action in its own right, making it appear almost alive; therefore an "assault weapon" appears as though it could almost act on its own, that is a scary thought indeed, but it can't. Words do matter, and using them correctly matters even more when it comes to protecting the Rights of an individual. There is no "assault" weapon, only weapons used in the act of assaulting someone, in the act of an assault. When my grandmother was punishing me she wasn't using an assault spoon, she was using a wooden one, think about it.

    Stop allowing the manipulation of words by politicians to manipulate our fear so they can create monsters that don't exist, i.e. "assault weapons" because the weapon is not what is doing the assaulting, the human is. Be careful what rights you are willing to give away after they manipulate you with fear, because next it will be, you can’t use those, they are “assault words,” Oh, wait, it’s “hate words…” too late…

    I understand that an Assault Rifle has come to define a specific rifle concept; “Sturmgewehr 44
    The Germans were the first to pioneer the assault rifle concept, during World War II, based upon research that showed that most firefights happen within 400 meters and that contemporary rifles were over-powered for most small arms combat. They would soon develop a select-fire intermediate powered rifle combining the firepower of a submachine gun with the range and accuracy of a rifle;” Key phrase being select-fire.

    So let’s use the name of the specific rifle, gun, weapon, used and stop with the generic “assault” label because it is not being used in a manner that befits the weapon but in a manner that demonizes it, instead of demonizing the real issue; which is the human who is holding the weapon. Any weapon that someone uses to kill, maim or injury another, to commit the act of assault; it is the human that is the real problem here, not the inanimate object.

  • Assault is a verb not an adjective.

    The verb Assault describes an action, I was assaulted, he is assaulting someone, she used a gun to assault him. Assault is the action taken. Johnny used a knife to assault Jimmy, this does not make the knife an assault knife. Johnny used a big knife, a blue knife, etc... Big, blue are adjectives, they describe the knife, assault cannot describe something because it is an action word, a verb. The anti-gun movement used the verb "assault" simply to scare people, to make people perceive the weapon (gun) as its own entity capable of action in its own right, making it appear almost alive; therefore an "assault weapon" appears as though it could almost act on its own, that is a scary thought indeed, but it can't. Words do matter, and using them correctly matters even more when it comes to protecting the Rights of an individual. There is no "assault" weapon, only weapons used in the act of assaulting someone, in the act of an assault. When my grandmother was punishing me she wasn't using an assault spoon, she was using a wooden one, think about it.

    Stop allowing the manipulation of words by politicians to manipulate our fear so they can create monsters that don't exist, i.e. "assault weapons" because the weapon is not what is doing the assaulting, the human is. Be careful what rights you are willing to give away after they manipulate you with fear, because next it will be, you can’t use those, they are “assault words,” Oh, wait, it’s “hate words…” too late…

    I understand that an Assault Rifle has come to define a specific rifle concept; “Sturmgewehr 44
    The Germans were the first to pioneer the assault rifle concept, during World War II, based upon research that showed that most firefights happen within 400 meters and that contemporary rifles were over-powered for most small arms combat. They would soon develop a select-fire intermediate powered rifle combining the firepower of a submachine gun with the range and accuracy of a rifle;” Key phrase being select-fire.

    So let’s use the name of the specific rifle, gun, weapon, used and stop with the generic “assault” label because it is not being used in a manner that befits the weapon but in a manner that demonizes it, instead of demonizing the real issue; which is the human who is holding the weapon. Any weapon that someone uses to kill, maim or injury another, to commit the act of assault; it is the human that is the real problem here, not the inanimate object.

  • Assault is a verb not a pronoun.

    The verb Assault describes an action, I was assaulted, he is assaulting someone, she used a gun to assault him. Assault is the action taken. Johnny used a knife to assault Jimmy, this does not make the knife an assault knife. Johnny used a big knife, a blue knife, etc... Big, blue are pronouns, they describe the knife, assault cannot describe something because it is an action word, a verb. The anti-gun movement used the verb "assault" simply to scare people, to make people perceive the weapon (gun) as its own entity capable of action in its own right, making it appear almost alive; therefore an "assault weapon" appears as though it could almost act on it's own, that is a scary thought, but it can't. Words do matter, and using them correctly matters even more when it comes to protecting the Rights of and individual. There are no "assault" weapons, only weapons used in the act of assaulting someone. When my grandmother was punishing me she wasn't using an assault spoon, she was using a wooden one, think about it. Stop allowing the manipulation of words by politicians to manipulate our fear so they can create monsters that don't exist, i.e. "assault weapon" because the weapon is not what is doing the assaulting, the human is.

  • There just isn't

    The closest you'll get to "assault rifle" is transliterating the full name of the STG44. Sturmgewehr 44, or storm rifle 44 in English. Comes from the German word for storm, assault, or attack. The modern battle rifles of today all trace their roots back to the STG44. However, there is no "class or category" of weapons designated as an assault rifle. The word assault is a verb anyway.


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