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Started by Mudwall Gatewood, October 10, 2014, 12:46:22 PM

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Someone please define for me exactly what qualifies a gun as an "assault weapon"?

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Quote from: itieuglyflies on October 28, 2023, 18:56:58 PMSomeone please define for me exactly what qualifies a gun as an "assault weapon"?

From the 2003 Factsheet: Assault Weapons, provided by the US Dept of Justice's Office of Justice Programs.

Assault weapon is defined as a civilian, semiautomatic version of a military weapon.

This from 2003.  Is this today's definition?  Damned if I know! 


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America's rifle fetish is destroying its sense of freedom

"(The AR-15) is an icon. It's a symbol of freedom." That is how gun manufacturers have promoted the rifle -- not as a tool for hobbyists and sportsmen but as a lifestyle accessory that stands for freedom, individualism and masculine self-sufficiency.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Jamelle Bouie is a New York Times columnist. He was the chief political correspondent for Slate magazine and is based in Charlottesville, Va., and Washington.

In Anthony Mann's 1950 Western "Winchester '73," a rare and much-desired Winchester rifle brings misery and death to the unlucky souls who manage to bring it into their possession. In the West as brought to you by Mann — and his star, a troubled and morally ambiguous Jimmy Stewart — the gun isn't a symbol of freedom as much as it is a curse, destined to ruin everyone who covets its power.

It was a theme echoed that year in the Joseph H. Lewis noir "Gun Crazy," a take of sorts on the story of Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow. Our protagonists in this film are two young people so enamored of the power of guns — and the freedom they seem to provide — that they go on a wanton spree of theft and murder. It ends, predictably, with their own deaths.

In both films, guns become truly dangerous when they become a fetish: an object worshipped for its supposed power and symbolic meaning. Guns, Mann and Lewis seem to say, aren't actually totems of freedom or liberty or youth; they are instruments of death and should be treated accordingly.

I thought of both movies last week during the search for Robert Card, the 40-year-old suspect in a mass shooting that killed 18 people at a bar and bowling alley in Lewiston, Maine.

https://www.wral.com/story/america-s-rifle-fetish-is-destroying-its-sense-of-freedom/21125061/

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Wife is on Facebook and showed me this.  Enjoy.

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And then there is the lesser known history of Revolutionary-era firearms . . .

https://www.rockislandauction.com/riac-blog/assault-weapons-before-the-second-amendment

And that doesn't include private ownership of artillery pieces, which was not uncommon:

"Early gunnery was an art practiced almost entirely by civilians." Encyclopedia Brittanica, 14th Edition, 1938, Volume 2, p 464

Interesting article about Revolutionary War Artillery at https://www.jstor.org/stable/40578214?read-now=1&oauth_data=eyJlbWFpbCI6InJheW1vbmQuYmVubmV0dC41MjVAZ21haWwuY29tIiwiaW5zdGl0dXRpb25JZHMiOltdLCJwcm92aWRlciI6Imdvb2dsZSJ9&seq=21#page_scan_tab_contents

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ex - I'm not going to live with you through one more fishing season!
me -There's a season?

Pastor explains icons to my son: you know like the fish symbol on the back of cars.
My son: My dad has two fish on his car and they're both trout!