reply to post by stikkinikki
An Assault Rifle is a rifle that has selective fire modes: Semi-Automatic and Full Automatic (Note: Some modern assault rifles do not have a full-auto
setting, rather they have a "burst" setting that fires 3 rounds per trigger pull. That is a technical difference, the full-auto mode may be
considered similar for this discussion).
A semi-automatic only rifle is not an assault rifle by modern definition.
The "assault" rifle ban seeks to restrict semi-automatic rifles that are cosmetically similar to real assault rifles, but are not. AR-15 and M-16
are examples... The M-16 is an assault rifle, the AR-15 is not, although the two rifles are cosmetically very similar.
Real assault rifles may be owned by private citizens, with VERY extensive background checks, licensing and fees. These restrictions have been in place
for years - far earlier than Clinton's ban.
This effort is BS, pure and simple. 'Assault' rifles are not favored weapons for crimes... they tend to be upper end rifles and are thus expensive.
They are difficult to modify or conceal. This is not to say that 'assault' rifles are never used in crime, they are. But sawed-off shotguns and
cheap pistols are far more commonly used.
The workings are similar or identical (some technical detail differences) to common hunting rifles. The ban is nothing more than a "feel good" thing
that will not have any significant impact on crime.
There is, IMO, no personal style weapon that should be banned from private ownership. There are some military grade weapons, including assault rifles,
that I agree should be carefully monitored in the private world, and they already are so.
This is a non-issue, and Obama and Biden are completely wrong on their position.
But I consider it a non-issue that is not going to go anywhere. Nothing is more guaranteed to instantly create several million armed rebels right here
in the US than to attempt much activity in this arena.
We have more important things to worry about.
This opinion brought to you by a redneck hippie...