Words and the meaning of words have meaning! Profound huh!
These days all kind of phrases and terminology is used by the anti-gun crowd and are even being used by some pro-gunners. Lets take a look at some of them and get some things straight. I'm talking about terms and phrases and the context in which they are used, how they are presented and the influence it has on society. Us pro-gunners need to make sure we don't buy into it or use the same terms in the same way. We also need to educate or re-educate those who have bought in to the rhetoric and hype. So, make sure you know what you're talking about and when someone says they support a ban on assault rifles, ask them what an assault rifle is and when they give you that blank stare, educate them. Maybe ask em if they support an AWB, what that is and closing the Gunshow Loophole and if they know what it is. Educate em again.Learn about gun laws, know your rights.
I'll list out several and we'll see where this thread goes. I really want to keep it on topic. As most of you know, I am not a heavy handed moderator and very seldom step in. But, for the sake of this thread I will delete posts that turn into a rabbit trail. You can start another thread to chase the rabbit. Don't take it personal. So here goes…
You turn on the news and hear about a horrendous killing of innocent people and hear something like this….
Reporter One… Or Politician One
First reports are that Mr. Shooter used a high powered Assault Rifle and possibly another Assault Weapon and was carrying multiple High Capacity Clips. It appears the other Assault Weapon was a Military Style handgun frequently issued to US Marines and Navy Seals. Those close to him say he was a Doomsday Prepper type who was known to frequent Tea Party meetings and had a Small Arsenal of weapons, including body armor.
Reporter Two… Or Politician Two
Thank you Reporter/Politician One. This is another horrible example of Gun Violence that is sweeping across our nation at an alarming rate. Our hope is that the Gun Culture will be willing to take some meaningful steps towards compromise and support reinstating the expired Assault Weapons Ban so we can end this senseless Gun Violence. But it is likely the NRA and other Gun Rights Advocate groups will fight against such meaningful measures. Do we know how Mr. Shooter aquired these Assault Weapon?
Reporter One… Or Politician One
Thank you ReporterPoltician Two, It is suspected that Mr. Shooter may have acquired the Assault Weapons by taking advantage of the Gun Show Loophole. Which means he was not required to go through a background check. It is also reported that he was in possession of hundreds of rounds of ammunition including the lethal Cop Killer bullets and was member of the NRA. At times Mr Shooter has also been a vocal Gun Rights Advocate and may have ties to a local Militia Group.
I think you get my point, how many times have you heard this. The banter is the same whether it's the reporters or anti-gun politicians. All of this phraseology is used in a negative context toward guns, gun owners and how they acquire them. This is how the media and anti-gun politicians talk to America when it comes to a killer using a gun to commit assault. It's no wonder people freak out. It's not really about Mr. Shooter, it's about the anti-gun agenda.
Assault Rifle - A rather menacing political term created and used in the context of banning certain types of semi-automatic rifles. One can commit an assault with a rifle or other items but there is no such thing as an Assault Rifle unless we are talking about a specific weapon in the context of the military. You can google this and add what you will. These are my own words.
Assault Weapon- Another menacing political term used to describe a gun that is not a rifle for the purposes of banning them.
Assault Weapons Ban (AWB)- This should actually be called a Semi-Automatic Weapons Ban because that's what it is.
Arsenal or Small Arsenal- How many guns does it take to have an arsenal? The media seems to think anytihng more that 1 or 2.
Gun Violence - Wow, this one really gets me. How can an object be violent? People do that. There is no such thing but it sure sounds scary. Makes for a good sensational sound bite.
Gunshow Loop Hole- No loop hole here. Just to people making a trade. A face to face (FTF) firearms transaction at a gunshow between two private citizens, neither of which are FFL holders. No different than a FTF sale in your living room. If an FFL sells a gun at a gunshow he still has to perform a NICS check. If they "Close the Gunshow Loophole" how will that effect other FTF firearm transactions?
High Capacity Clip - They are referring to a magazine but don't know what they are talking about. This is another thing that peeves me. Just the other day, Jay Carney, spokesman for the President of the United States of America, the most powerful office on Earth, in reference to Obamas stance on another AWB refers to "High Capacity Clips"... What a dweeb. The guy showed us right there that he's supporting a ban on something he knows nothing about.
Gun Culture- Huh? This seems to be used as a negative description of anyone who owns a gun. Like it's some sort of stigma.
Doomsday Prepper- Another phrase used in a negative way to imply some sort of stigma. I guess if you store up for a rainy day or have more than a weeks worth of food, own a generator, some beans and rice, have a freezer full of meet and a couple guns, this is what you are… huh?
Gun Rights Advocate- Code for "A nut who believes in the 2A". This should actually be Civil Rights Activist. As in one who is active in trying to maintain our civil right to keep and bear arms. The NRA is a Civil Rights Activist group. Like them or not, they are fighting for every Americans 2nd Amendment right. Not just those who agree with what they are doing.
Cop Killer Bullets - Super Duper kill the good guy bullets... Formerly Black Talon Hollow point, now the Ranger ammo. Some of you may have some. I can't find any in town. I guess that makes me a good guy cuz I just have plane ol' 230gr Gold Dots for my 45.
Militia Group - Code for domestic terrorists. Never mind that Alaska has one. huh...
Well, there's my list. Add to it, correct me if need be.