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Old 08-04-2012, 01:24 AM   #1
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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!

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!

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.

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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!

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!

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"?
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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... .
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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.)
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Ok guys thanks im always trying to learn so sorry for the dumb question

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

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

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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!

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!

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
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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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