More people killed by fists and feet than by rifles.

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Re: More people killed by fists and feet than by rifles.
In reply to Mark Smith, Apr 1, 2013

Mark Smith wrote:

The correct term is assault rifle: (obviously a made up label as all labels are; just this is categorised by the US military)

"Assault rifles are the standard service rifles in most modern armies. Assault rifles are categorized in between light machine guns, which are intended more for sustained automatic fire in a light support role, and submachine guns, which fire a pistol cartridge rather than a rifle cartridge"

Yes and no, and you have inadvertantly proved your opponent's point.

The reason we put "assault weapon" in quotes when discussing the topic of semiautomatic rifles is because a true assault weapon—such as the ones described and defined above—are fully automatic weapons (machine guns) which can fire around 800 rounds per minute: you hold down the trigger and it will fire for as long as you can keep ammo feeding into it. These military weapons are true assault rifles; the label is accurate.

US civilians do not have machine guns. What we have are not assault weapons as correctly defined above. They are rifles that LOOK like their military counterparts, but are semi-automatic, meaning they can fire only one bullet per trigger pull. Instead of being able to fire 800 rounds a minute, they can fire—at best, with an experienced shooter—maybe 40-60 aimed rounds per minute.

To clarify, when you hear about assault weapons bans, what is being discussed are NOT machine guns, which have been heavily restricted since 1934 and all but completely banned from civilian ownership since 1986.

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