'Assault rifle' is a misused term -- LTE
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'Assault rifle' is a misused term
Re: "There's no 'sport' in military weaponry," (March 12 letter):
The term "assault rifle" is once again demonized by someone who is anti-gun and knows very little about firearms.
What is a true assault rifle? The Germans developed the first true assault rifle during World War II, followed by the Russians with their infamous AK-47. Unlike submachine guns that fire pistol ammunition and are capable of both full and semiautomatic fire, a true assault rifle fires an intermediate cartridge somewhere between a full-scale rifle round and a pistol round and is, of course, capable of full and semiautomatic fire. These weapons cannot be purchased at gun shows or sporting goods stores.
Now, for political purposes, an assault rifle is any firearm that Congress or anti-gun folks look at and then state "that is an assault rifle." This controversy will never end. Thank God and our Founding Fathers for the Second Amendment and the NRA.