Lately we have been hearing the progressives calling for a ban on the sale assault weapons, the more radical progressives, such as Senator Feinstein are calling for a ban on just about every fire arm in the country. This debate always frustrates me, because it is a classic example of progressives twisting facts to create a narrative to scare people into giving up their rights, into giving the government more power. They are praying on a presumed ignorance of the people to create myths about fire arms, in order to demonize them. So I am here to dispel some of these myths and set the record straight.
To begin, the terminology surrounding these fire arms has been designed by a gun grabbing progressive machine in order to demonize these pieces of steal and plastic. They call these firearms Assault Rifle, Military Grade, or Military Style weapons. They hold up the AR-15 as the quintessential “assault weapon”. After all the AR in its name must stand for assault rifle, or automatic rifle, right? No actually the AR in AR-15 stands for ArmorLite Rifle, the company who originally designed the fire arm in the 50’s. So is the AR-15 an assault weapon? What exactly is an assault weapon? We hear guns called that all the time, but they never actually tell us what actually makes it an assault weapon. Well David Kopel describes this very well, based on the definition from the Department of Defense in his article “Rational Basis Analysis of “Assault Weapon” Prohibition” from the Journal of Contemporary Law.
“As the United States Defense Department’s Defense Intelligence Agency book Small Arms Identification and Operation Guide explains, “assault rifles” are “short, compact, selective-fire weapons that fire a cartridge intermediate in power between submachine gun and rifle cartridges.” In other words, assault rifles are battlefield rifles which can fire automatically.
Weapons capable of fully automatic fire, including assault rifles, have been regulated heavily in the United States since the National Firearms Act of 1934.Taking possession of such weapons requires paying a $200 federal transfer tax and submitting to an FBI background check, including ten-print fingerprints.”
So according to the Defense Department an assault rifle is a selective fire weapon that fire an intermediate cartridge. For those of you who don’t know, a cartridge is the round that the fire arm uses. So lets look at the AR-15. It fires a .223 caliber round, as far as rifles go that is a fairly small round, the M1 Garand from World War II used a 30’06 round, the M-14 that the M-16 replaced used a .308 caliber round. Below is a picture comparing the three:
On the left is the 30’06 round used by the WWII era M1 Garand, in the middle is the .308 round used by the Vietnam Era M-14, on the left is the .223 round used by the AR-15 and the M-16.
The M-16 and the AR-15 do share the same caliber round, but that does not automatically make the AR-15 an military grade assault rifle. The M1 Garand used a 30’06, the M-14 uses a .308 caliber round, if the round determined if a firearm was military grade or not, these two firearms would mean half the bolt action hunting rifles in the country where assault weapons. Obviously that is not the case, no for a fire arm to truely be an assault rifle it would also have to be a selective fire weapon. An M-16 is a select fire weapon. What that means is that it can fire in semi automatic, meaning that when you pull the trigger one round is fired, the casing ejected, and another round loaded. Or the firearm can fire in full auto (or three round burst depending on the rifle) meaning that when you pull the trigger, a round is fired, ejected, another round loaded, and this cycle repeats until you take your finger off the trigger. The AR-15 is not a select fire firearm, thus denying it true assault rifle status. To put it in other words the AR-15 is just another in a long list of semi-automatic rifle. The AR-15 is actually less a military grade weapon then this firearm:
The M1 Carbine: Chambered in .30 Carbine. Semi Automatic. Removable magazines. It was issued in World War II, in Korea.
The M1 Carbine was actually a military issued firearm, it was issued in two wars. The AR-15 has never been a military issued weapon, at least not in the United States. It just looks like a firearm that the military uses. The AR-15 is no more a Military Grade Assault Rifle than then these firearms:
The M1A: This firearm is chambered in .308, it is semi-automatic, and it has removable magazines. It is based on the M-14.
The Rugger Mini-14: This firearm is chambered in .223, the same round as the AR-15, it has a removable magazine, just like the AR-15. It is based off the M1A
So the AR-15 is less a military grade weapon than the M1 Carbine, shares many of the same features as a M1A, and is all but identical to the Rugger Mini-14, why then is it that when the progressives call for a gun ban do they never hold up any of these firearms. The AR-15 is no different than any of them. They all are semi-automatic, they all have detachable magazines, yet for some reason these firearms are never held up when they are talking about banning assault weapons. Why is that? Well personally I think it probably has something to do with the fact that the M1 Carbine, the M1A, and the Mini-14 all resemble hunting rifles. They have wood stocks, they don’t have a pistol grip, they could easily be seen as common hunting rifles. Despite that, these fire arms would be subject to the Assault Weapons ban just like the AR-15. So why then do they never refer to a Mini-14 when they are talking about banning semi-automatic rifles? The answer is simple they aren’t scary looking. The progressives don’t care that these other firearms exist, they don’t care that they are just as capable as the AR-15, they need a scary gun to terrify the public into demanding the removal of these firearms from our streets. It is easy to push the lie that they aren’t going after guns, they are just trying to remove military grade weapons from the streets, when they hold up a semi-automatic weapon that looks scary, that looks like an M-16. If they said they were trying to remove military grade weapons from the streets then held up something that looked like your fathers hunting rifle, the public would be far less likely to believe them. It would be more easily seen as what it is, a gun grab and a direct assault on our constitutional rights. It would be far easier for the defenders of liberty to reveal this power grab as the all out assault on the constitutional confines of the federal government.
So remember, when you hear these radical progressive talking about banning assault weapons, what they are really talking about is banning semi-automatic rifles. They are not talking about banning military grade weapons. They are praying on your fears, showing what looks like a scary gun, and betting that you are too stupid to realize what it is. The progressive feed on fear and ignorance, and truly believe us to all be idiots. In conclusion, AR-15 is not a military weapon, it just looks like one. Progressive use it in hopes that you are too stupid to figure out that it is no different than many, non scary, semi-automatic firearms.
I will leave you with this video