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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.

  • 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

  • Yes but not by Americans

    The term assault weapon is a variation of the term assault rifle that was translated from the Nazis who used the term storm rifle for a particular light machine gun.

    Since light machine gun replica ban, assault rifle look alike ban or any variation of what a semi automatic variant actual was didn't sound scary enough so politicians had to come up with a term that Would scare the public and other politicians to support a ban on nothing more then a very common and multipurpose semi automatic rifle.

    Chew on this ... Why is it when the military orders M16s they are order by the Department of DEFENSE and not by the Department of ASSAULT. And if a civilian wants to buy a semi automatic look a like, its an assault rifle and not a defense rifle.

  • No there is not

    If you take a rifle take off the trigger and take off the stock you can slip another stock on and it will look differnt but it still is the same exact rifle that is why there is no such thing as a assault weapon and go try it and watch the hunting shows and you will find out that there is no such thimg as a assault weapon.

  • "Assault Weapon" is an invented term.

    “Assault weapon” is an invented term. In the firearm lexicon, there is no such thing as an “assault weapon.” 1 The closest relative is the “assault rifle,” which is a machine gun or “select fire” rifle that shoots rifle cartridges. 2 In most cases, “assault weapons” are functionally identical though less powerful than hunting rifles, but they are cosmetically similar to military guns.

  • Nope. Assault Weapons don't exist.

    Assault is an action. A weapon doesn't perform an action on it's own. It's there and can either just hang there on a wall or sit in a gun safe doing absolutely nothing. Liberals created the term "Assault Weapon" to scare people and make sure guns like AR-15s can't be allowed to be purchased by anyone. Granted those types of guns are illegal in certain parts of America, but the only way they do harm is when the person behind the weapon kills people. A weapon doesn't assault people. A weapon is a tool to defend yourself from the government becoming too big and trying to take away your rights, look up tyranny, as well as anybody trying to do harm to you, a friend, family member or someone who is innocent of anything and is going to be attacked and possibly killed by someone. Again, assault weapons don't exist. Machine guns, however, are high powered guns that are able to shoot bullets faster than other guns.

  • Nope. Assault Weapons don't exist.

    Assault is an action. A weapon doesn't perform an action on it's own. It's there and can either just hang there on a wall or sit in a gun safe doing absolutely nothing. Liberals created the term "Assault Weapon" to scare people and make sure guns like AR-15s can't be allowed to be purchased by anyone. Granted those types of guns are illegal in certain parts of America, but the only way they do harm is when the person behind the weapon kills people. A weapon doesn't assault people. A weapon is a tool to defend yourself from the government becoming too big and trying to take away your rights, look up tyranny, as well as anybody trying to do harm to you, a friend, family member or someone who is innocent of anything and is going to be attacked and possibly killed by someone. Again, assault weapons don't exist. Machine guns, however, are high powered guns that are able to shoot bullets faster than other guns.

  • No, there isn't

    There is no thing as an assault weapon. Anyone who says otherwise is ignorant both to the English language and to general gun knowledge. In many of the arguments for "yes" they break down both words giving the definition of each, however, just saying "assault weapon" is grammatically incorrect as the word "assault" isn't an adjective. Also, an inanimate object can't cause an assault so there is no way to classify any specific weapon as an "assault weapon".

    By using the logic of any tool i.e. gun, knife, pencil, etc.. Being wielded as a weapon to assault another person with cannot be classified as an assault weapon. I can personally purchase an AK-47, and as long as I don't use it to harm another person, I can use that same logic to determine it is in fact not an "assault weapon". So how, can anyone classify an object as being an assault weapon not knowing if the owner is planning on committing an assault. You can't and before you spread any more of your false information, educate yourself on the topic and stop spreading hate because of something you fear. You are only doing more harm to society.

  • We Need to Look at Definitions

    Definition of Assault:
    verb
    1.
    Make a physical attack on.
    "he pleaded guilty to assaulting a police officer"

    noun
    1.
    A physical attack.
    2.
    A concerted attempt to do something demanding.

    Definition of Weapon:
    noun
    1.
    A thing designed or used for inflicting bodily harm or physical damage.

    There is NO SUCH THING as an ASSAULT WEAPON (in gun terms) as lawmakers like to use the term. ANY item, such as a baseball bat, ink pen, common tools like a screwdriver, kitchen knife, a car/truck, a persons hand/arm/foot, etc., can be used as an ASSAULT WEAPON.

    The weapon is the TOOL that is picked for use by the criminal (whether the tool be a gun, car, screwdriver, knife, etc.). The ASSAULT is the act of the criminal doing the damage with chosen tool.

    Since assault is defined as "making a physical attack on someone" and weapon is defined as "a thing designed to inflict bodily harm or physical damage", we con conclude that any object (thing) used to cause harm could be considered an ASSAULT WEAPON. For example, if a person decides to use a baseball bat to injure or kill someone, that baseball bat is the ASSAULT WEAPON.

    Too bad law makers do not understand this.

    The term assault weapon is used by politicians to try to scare people.

  • It is a weasel word

    "Assault" weapons exist in the same way that "Partial Birth" abortions do. They are weasel words designed by opponents who for a lack of evidence resort to using emotional appeals in order to try to sway neutral viewers into the argument. None of the features of an "Assault" weapon, whether they be flash suppressors, pistol grips or collapsible stocks make them any more dangerous.

  • Any object used in an assault

    Is an assault weapon. Specifically related to guns, there is no single gun (i.E. AR15, AK47, etc.) that is strictly an assault weapon. If a musket was used in an assault, it would be an assault rifle. Basically, assault weapons exist, but they are not any single gun or set of guns.

    Posted by: ghb
  • No one but anti-gun liberals uses the term

    "assault weapon" is a term used to demonize ar15s and other common civilian rifles that look a certain way. They try to associate them with machine guns and military weapons, which they are not, and get civilians to give them up. But they are really just like any other semi auto rifle or handgun. Rifles of any kind are hardly ever used in crime, but feinstein won't tell you that.

    There is a such thing as an assault rifle however. But these are by definition full automatic and civilians essentially cannot own them. These are military weapons but are not being argued. Only SEMI automatic rifles are sold in stores today. And the way a gun looks does not determine its functionality.

  • A game of semantics? Sure.

    That doesn't mean we shouldn't question where the lines are being drawn. The very idea that assault weapons indicate a very large range of weaponry is precisely what makes the term meaningless. Truly, anything with lethal power can be used in an assault. Chairs have lethal power if used as a weapon, so chairs are assault weapons?

    The problem is that what is being described is a very specific class of high-rounds, high-accuracy, long-range rifles. It's trying to classify a type of weapon most commonly chosen by mass murderers. But if it's going to have any meaning that way, the classification needs to be tightened. At present, it's too vague and thus is more an emotional term than a descriptive one. As long as we're using such loosely-defined terms, we will continue to have the largely emotional divide that we have in the gun debate.


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