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locutus 08-04-2012 01:24 AM

Assault weapon
 
Went to the range today with one of my ARs.

A young lady shooting a bolt gun asked me why I had an "assault rifle."

I replied, laughing softly: "Well... just in case someone assaults me!:D

I then explained to her very politely what an "Assault Weapon" really is.

Her husband, an Air Force security policeman, joined the discussion on my side!:p

IME, something funny, but polite is a good way to start the discussion, then when the person is comfortable talking to you, you can gradually get more serious.

Whatever you do, don't show anger at the misue of the term, or you lose them before you have the chance to educate them.:)

canebrake 08-04-2012 01:28 AM

Kudos locutus.

Sage advice we should all follow! http://i1060.photobucket.com/albums/...s/1_cowboy.gif

ineverFTF 08-04-2012 02:05 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by locutus
Went to the range today with one of my ARs.

A young lady shooting a bolt gun asked me why I had an "assault rifle."

I replied, laughing softly: "Well... just in case someone assaults me!:D

I then explained to her very politely what an "Assault Weapon" really is.

Her husband, an Air Force security policeman, joined the discussion on my side!:p

IME, something funny, but polite is a good way to start the discussion, then when the person is comfortable talking to you, you can gradually get more serious.

Whatever you do, don't show anger at the misue of the term, or you lose them before you have the chance to educate them.:)

I apologize for my ignorance but what is an "assault weapon"?

Rarity 08-04-2012 02:38 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ineverFTF (Post 892174)
I apologize for my ignorance but what is an "assault weapon"?

In the distant past, the offending term was created by the gun grabbers to categorize a class of firearms based on their looks. "Assault Weapon" is only understood in gun grabbing terminology... :p.

locutus 08-04-2012 02:42 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ineverFTF (Post 892174)
I apologize for my ignorance but what is an "assault weapon"?

Since they are used by military forces, the military definition is appropriate.

A short, lightweight rifle or carbine designed for selective fire, and utilizing a medium power cartridge.

(Medium power: in between a pistol cartridge and a rifle cartridge.)

ineverFTF 08-04-2012 02:52 AM

Ok guys thanks im always trying to learn so sorry for the dumb question

Axxe55 08-04-2012 03:44 AM

Locutus, very well done. your approach and the way you handled that was true class. big thumbs up from me on that one.:)

danf_fl 08-04-2012 03:14 PM

I prefer to say "Personal Protection Device" vs "Assault".

dog2000tj 08-04-2012 03:24 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by locutus (Post 892140)
Went to the range today with one of my ARs.

A young lady shooting a bolt gun asked me why I had an "assault rifle."

I replied, laughing softly: "Well... just in case someone assaults me!:D

I then explained to her very politely what an "Assault Weapon" really is.

Her husband, an Air Force security policeman, joined the discussion on my side!:p

IME, something funny, but polite is a good way to start the discussion, then when the person is comfortable talking to you, you can gradually get more serious.

Whatever you do, don't show anger at the misue of the term, or you lose them before you have the chance to educate them.:)

It's not an assault rilfe ... it's a sport utility rifle ;)

KeysKelly 08-04-2012 03:45 PM

How true it is that most people don't now what an "Assault Weapon" really is. I didn't until joining a couple forums. 95% of my gun experience is handguns as I grew up in LA, lived in Manhattan, Miami, Hoboken and Key West. We didn't have much of a need for rifles in those areas. What America needs is more gun education and less gun control.

I could assault a person with an ink pen which would make it a weapon. Is my pen now an "Assault Weapon"?


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