Thursday, August 29, 2013

Gun Control Terminology Primer



The problem with many of the gun control advocates we are hearing from right now is that they don’t even understand the first thing about firearms, much less the “features” that make them so irrationally frightened of firearms.  They want to control (more like “abolish”) that which they don’t even understand.  If a gun looks scary, they want it banned.

So for all the rabid and ill-informed gun control advocates out there – perhaps I can help you out a bit.  Here is a primer for you on the common terms and phrases you like to throw around, along with their actual meanings.

Assault Weapon:  This is a gun-grabber favorite.  “No one needs an ASSAULT WEAPON for self-defense.”  Well – here’s the deal: In order to truly be an “assault weapon,” the firearm needs to be fully automatic.  The guns you are referring to are nothing more than semi-automatic weapons made to look like their fully automatic (or select fire) military counterparts.  These guns don’t even have the cyclic rate ability to sustain the rate of fire of one of the military grade weapons.  Perhaps that’s why they jam so much when mass murdering lunatics, who themselves have little to no knowledge of firearms operation, experience so many jams.  Fully automatic weapons are extremely difficult to acquire by civilians.

Gun Control:  Why do you keep advocating for “gun control” thinking it is a way to “get guns off the streets” as you so often pronounce?  When a person is killed by a drunk driver, I don’t hear cries for “Car Control.”  How about if we practice “criminal control” or “gang control” or “illegal immigrant control” instead?  Let’s enforce already existing laws and get criminals off the streets.  This “gun control” term more accurately refers to keeping a proper grip, good trigger control, and placing shots accurately on target.  Better check the news:  The cities with the highest “gun control” in the context that you speak of (i.e. Chicago, New York, Washington DC) are the cities with the highest murder and violent crime rates.  Try again on that one.  

High Capacity Clip (Magazine):  First of all, they are not clips.  They are magazines.  At least get the terminology right if you’re going to try to legislate them.  A 30 round magazine for an AR-15 rifle is a STANDARD CAPACITY magazine.  A 16 round magazine for a Springfield XD pistol is a STANDARD CAPACITY magazine.  These are not high capacity magazines by any stretch of the imagination.  And where do people, who are lacking firearms knowledge to begin with, get off telling others how many rounds of ammunition they are allowed to have with which to defend themselves?

Military Grade Weapon:  See “Assault Weapons” above.  These civilian grade look-alikes are NOT military grade weapons.  No soldier would be caught dead with one in the field of combat.  Again - The guns you are referring to are nothing more than semi-automatic weapons made to look like their fully automatic (or select fire) military counterparts.  These guns don’t even have the cyclic rate ability to sustain the rate of fire of one of the military grade weapons.  Perhaps that’s why they jam so much when mass murdering lunatics, who themselves have little to no knowledge of firearms operation, experience so many jams.

Shooting From the Hip:  This phrase is Diane Feinstein’s favorite for why we shouldn’t have rifles with pistol grips.  Two things, dear:  1) I can shoot my hunting rifle (which doesn’t have a pistol grip) from the hip.  2)  Shooting from the hip is one type of “retention position” shooting that is commonly taught for legitimate defensive shooting purposes.  Try again.

Silencer:  Well – they are not silencers.  They are suppressors.  Why it is that suppressors made it into the list of NFA controlled items, I’ll never know.  A suppressor is nothing more than a muffler for a firearm.  In fact, suppressors make shooting safer, as they cut down on the amount of noise that can cause hearing damage. 

Well Regulated: Oh yes.  The gun grabbers like to point to the fact that the Second Amendment says that only “Well Regulated Militias” are allowed to have guns.  Either that or they say that “Well Regulated” means that we are SUPPOSED to enact strict firearms controls and regulations.  Well – this is a clear display of not only their complete lack of knowledge about firearms, but a complete lack of knowledge of the U.S. Constitution, our Bill of Rights, and our founding history as well.  “Well regulated” back in the day simply meant that the citizenry should be well trained in the proper use and deployment of firearms.  Since the militia was (and is) made up of all able bodied citizens (men back then, and I argue everyone today), then we are all responsible for knowing how to operate firearms and use them defensively.

Don’t ask me why I NEED a particular firearm, magazine, ammunition type, or anything else.  I can own them because of the Bill of Rights.  Not the Bill of Needs, the Bill of Wants, or the Bill of Desires. The Bill of RIGHTS!  Quit trying to impose “feel good, do nothing” measures to ban things that you have no knowledge of in the first place.  Do your homework and come back with an informed opinion, why don’t you?  Then maybe we can have an honest debate about gun control.  I’ll still tell you why you can’t take my guns away, but at least it will be a more informed argument for you.

Oh – and by the way – YOU’RE WELCOME! 

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