December 22nd, 2012 11:52 AM
Found this statement on another polling site.
I have been looking at other polls around the web and found this one. This opinion was given when asked about the .223 Bushmaster as being an assault weapon. I cut it a little bit because it was long.
1.a sudden, violent attack; onslaught: an assault on tradition.
2.Law. an unlawful physical attack upon another; an attempt or offer to do violence to another, with or without battery, as by holding a stone or club in a threatening manner.
3.Military . the stage of close combat in an attack.
verb (used with object)
5.to make an assault upon; attack; assail.
1.any instrument or device for use in attack or defense in combat, fighting, or war, as a sword, rifle, or cannon.
2.anything used against an opponent, adversary, or victim: the deadly weapon of satire.
3.Zoology . any part or organ serving for attack or defense, as claws, horns, teeth, or stings.
verb (used with object)
4.to supply or equip with a weapon or weapons: to weapon aircraft with heat-seeking missiles.
So, if I pick up a rock and hurl it at another person in a violent attack, that rock is an assault weapon. I therefore judge that the rifle in question MIGHT be an assault weapon, or a very expensive paper weight, depending on how it is used.
December 22nd, 2012 12:03 PM
I think your etymological petticoat is showing. The rock you just threw is a a rock you used to assault someone.
Apply the same thinking to "barn dance." You can call up the definition of a barn and the definition of a dance, but when used together a barn dance is neither - it's a social event.
Rather than seeking opinions from sites like Wikipedia, I'd rather get it from an authoritative source (see link). I saw the same definition at the Army Ordnance Museum at Aberdeen Proving Ground.
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December 22nd, 2012 12:11 PM
Call them "Defensive Weapons" which, in our common use, could well be correct. Mine have never assaulted anyone.
December 22nd, 2012 12:24 PM
Lately & probably for a long time newspeople have been assaulting gun owners. Does that mean their pens, pencils, typewriters, word processors, voices are "assault weapons".
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