Proper nomenclature

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    Proper nomenclature

    The press/media needs to come up with a different description and or name for these devices other than a "stun GUN".

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    You're talking about the media. I'm surprised they didn't call it a Glock.
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    Rarely is the media accused of factual reporting just the fact it was reported as a stun gun is amazing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WHEC724 View Post
    You're talking about the media. I'm surprised they didn't call it a Glock.
    That's funny!
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    Quote Originally Posted by WHEC724 View Post
    You're talking about the media. I'm surprised they didn't call it a Glock.
    ...or one of them, there "automatic assault weapons with a 30 round clip".

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    I would suggest that the media tends to use colloquial terms rather than proper nomenclature, not only due to a lack of knowledge, but to communicate to the general public at a level that they can understand.
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    It's a fully automatic electric stunifier with a detachable lightning clip and pistol grip.
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    Before it is done someone will claim she came in with a "semi-automatic assault revolver that fires the super deadly 327 magnum that you have probably seen in all those Clint Eastwood Filthy Barry films.".
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    Because it is a stun gun?

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    MotorCity Gun, what would be a better term than "Stun Gun" in your opinion?
    The only other terms I have heard used for a "Stun Gun" is "Electroshock Weapon" and "Directed-energy Weapon".
    If the media used either of these terms very few people would know what they were taking about.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WHEC724 View Post
    You're talking about the media. I'm surprised they didn't call it a Glock.
    Or a "Pit Bull."
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    Stun Gun: a battery-powered, hand-held weapon that fires an electric charge when held against a person and activated by a trigger or button.

    Taser: a brand name for a gunlike device that uses propelled wires or direct contact to electrically stun and incapacitate a person temporarily.

    Clip: not a mag

    Mag: not a clip

    In all fairness, all from one on line dictionary (Dictionary.com).

    Clip, if you look far enough down the list, is defined as: cartridge clip (which in turn is defined as:) a metal frame or container holding cartridges for a magazine rifle or automatic pistol.

    Mag is short slang for magazine: a metal receptacle for a number of cartridges, inserted into certain types of automatic weapons and when empty removed and replaced by a full receptacle in order to continue firing.

    Non technical dictionaries tend to give meanings to words as they are used by the general population. In order to find the correct definition of a word as it applies to a specialized use, you have to go to a technical reference.

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    I don't like the term "gun" when referring to these type of hand held, self defense devices. There are enough negative connotations associated with the word "gun". Also, the word "gun" implies the (explosive) firing/discharge of a type of projectile, i.e. bullet...a bad thing according to anti-gun folks, such as, the MSM.

    Here are a couple suggestions for these:

    - Self defense stun device - SDSD or SD2
    - Hand held electric self defense device - HHESDD
    - Self defense high voltage device - SDHVD
    - your turn...

    BTW, oakchas, I do know the difference between a clip and mag.

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    Or an STD: a Stun Tactical Device
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    Quote Originally Posted by Guantes View Post
    I would suggest that the media tends to use colloquial terms rather than proper nomenclature, not only due to a lack of knowledge, but to communicate to the general public at a level that they can understand.
    I agree



    Quote Originally Posted by Bob O View Post
    MotorCity Gun, what would be a better term than "Stun Gun" in your opinion?
    The only other terms I have heard used for a "Stun Gun" is "Electroshock Weapon" and "Directed-energy Weapon".
    If the media used either of these terms very few people would know what they were taking about.

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