“Assault weapons!”, they cry, while running in circles. ”Eeek! Eeek! We have to DO SOMETHING!”
Let’s see if we can’t raise the bar, at least around here if nowhere else.
To that end, here are a few links.
First, at Darwin Catholic I found instructive posts on “assault weapons”.
- Assault Weapons Part 1: Battle Rifle to Assault Rifle (mostly historical in content – as a good accompaniment to the first entry, especially for those who learn visually, try this YouTube video wherein a fellow shows the guns in question. Interesting history. U.S. Military Rifles since 1776
- Assault Weapons Part 2: Assault Rifles vs. “Assault Weapons” (cosmetics and how we got the 1994 ban)
- Assault Weapons Part 3: Gun Control (How often are military style rifles used in crimes? Are they particularly suited to crime? Did the 1994 AWB have any discernible effect on crime? Do military style rifles have legitimate civilian purposes?)
I learned a lot from these.
There is also a good, through roughly written, piece on the curiously named Monster Hunter Nation, by a former firearms instructor.
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