Debunking the Conservative Myth on “Assault Rifles”

I’ve seen post after post, comment after comment, written by conservative bloggers and the corporate media claiming that Democrats are incorrectly labeling assault rifles as “assault rifles”. The claim is that assault rifles are ar15automatic weapons and the semi-automatic, military-style weapons like the AR15 are not assault rifles. They would rather call them “tactical rifles” or “semi-automatic” rifles or any name that gets around an assault weapons ban (I don’t care if you call it “Obama’s Limited Edition Tactical Rifle”, I would still support banning it). Their entire argument is a lie and they know it as they are typing the words. But they continue to spread the lie and then claim a false victory for, in their minds, winning the debate.

Some examples of the right’s myth spreading:

  • Polymic – “… there is really no such thing as an ‘assault rifle.'”
  • Canada Free Press – “I have concluded the term ‘assault rifle/weapon’ is just another term from the vast and numerous volumes of liberal Bovine Scatology phrases used by the left to terrorize the weak-minded and undereducated graduates of the US public education system—which is darn near everybody these days.”
  • Just Plain Politics – “There is no such thing as an ‘assault’ rifle.”
  • Liberal Dogma – “There is no such thing as an ‘Assault Weapon/Rifle/Gun’; it is a phrase made up by anti-gun lawyers … “
  • SodaHead – “There’s no such thing as an ‘assault rifle’; it’s just a politically-motivated term made up by liberals for use in forwarding their American disarmament agenda.”

I don’t know if there is an easier myth to debunk since arms manufacturers and dealers clearly label their semi-automatic, military-style rifles for civilian use, including AR15s and AK-47s, “ASSAULT RIFLES“. The arms manufacturers and dealers correctly label their own products. They are the experts, NOT right-wingers spreading the myth/lie in blogs and site comments.

From the websites of arms manufacturers and dealers:

Tactical Arms Manufacturer, Inc.

“We strive to manufacture the most precision and accurate AR15 assault rifles on the planet”.

“Our rifles and parts are the genuine article. TAM AR15 rifles are the only rifles available to sportsmen, hunters and other shooters that are manufactured in the TAM factory and based on the same military standards and specifications as the United States issue M16 rifle and M4 carbine. TAM customers want the best AR15, and none of TAM’s competitors can match the quality, reliability, accuracy and performance built into every TAM AR15 rifle.”

“Every foreign assault rifle is designed in exact specifications of its original manufacturer but made in our factory in the USA. We have taken the original designs and added the precision manufacturing that only the USA can make and created assault rifles superior to the original.”

Proguns.com, where the page file is “assaultrifles.asp” and the title of their site says “Welcome to ProGuns.com, Your Online Store for AR 15 Assault Rifles… “. In that page you’ll find the statements, “The most popular of the assault rifles, the AR 15 is perfect for any gun enthusiast looking for a well-rounded firearm.” and “All of the AR 15 rifles assault rifles for sale at ProGuns.com are built with the best materials.”.

And then there is Top Gun Firearms which sells “Rock River Arms AR 15 Assault Rifles“.

AssaultRiflesForSale.net. The name says it all.

Top Gun Supply’s page entitled “AK-47 Assault Rifles For Sale“.

When we “liberals” refer to semi-automatic, military-style AR-15s like the Bushmaster model used in the Newtown massacre as an “assault rifle”, we are quoting arms manufacturers and dealers, or the experts. We are correct. The conservatives who spread the myth/lie are incorrect.

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  • colinjames71

    thank you. i actually was a little confused about this topic- any chance to disarm a teabaggers argument, I’ll take it.

  • E.A. Blair

    It has long been suggested that gun nuts cling to their weapons as phallic substitutes. Wherever that is the case, I recommend autofellatio. I’m told the climax is a real killer.

  • William Lamm

    Thanks Doug. I’ve been arguing this forever, and it’s nice to have this to back up my arguments.

  • http://www.facebook.com/daniel.murphy.167189 Daniel Murphy

    I propose the federal government put several plastic surgeons on the payroll and offer free unlimited penis enlargement in exchange for giving up these rediculous weapons.

  • gw812

    Considering the supporters below immediately referred to genitalia, I’d hope my post is not deleted.

    You have shown evidence that ‘assault rifle’ is a term that is commonly used in our vernacular. Does the term cause it to be more deadly? Does the term ‘sports car’ automatically make it go faster?

    Along those lines, there are some other things that are made to “military standards and specifications”:
    – The Hummer H1
    – The original Jeep Wrangler
    – The Volkswagen Beetle
    – The metal gas can (a ‘jerry can’)
    – Handheld radios
    Should they also be banned?

    • http://allthingsdemocrat.com/ Doug Marquardt

      No, but if you pull that troll with ADA, off-topic crap again, you’ll be blocked. As the first paragraph states, this post topic is:

      I’ve seen post after post, comment after comment, written by
      conservative bloggers and the corporate media claiming that Democrats
      are incorrectly labeling assault rifles as “assault rifles”
      . The claim
      is that assault rifles are automatic weapons and the semi-automatic, military-style weapons like the AR15 are not
      assault rifles. They would rather call them “tactical rifles” or
      “semi-automatic” rifles or any name that gets around an assault weapons
      ban (I don’t care if you call it “Obama’s Limited Edition Tactical
      Rifle”, I would still support banning it). Their entire argument is a
      lie and they know it as they are typing the words. But they continue to
      spread the lie and then claim a false victory for, in their minds,
      winning the debate.

      • pinkelephant22

        It matters not how they’re labeled for marketing purposes which seems to be the core of your argument.

        An AR15 is NOT an assault rifle. It comes down to fully -vs. semi automatic. Period.
        Frankly, the poster “gw812” nailed it. Just because car manufacturers label vehicles “sports cars” doesn’t mean they go faster.

      • http://allthingsdemocrat.com/ Doug Marquardt

        The core of the argument is that the arms manufacturers are the only experts and they say an AR-15 is an assault rifle. End of story. Period. Repukes claim that liberals made up the phrase but it comes from the arms manufacturers. Translation for pink elephants: they know the definition of an assault rifle and you don’t know shit.

      • pinkelephant22

        Liberal politicians want to put semi-autos in the “assault” weapons category. That’s what matters. Marketing terms don’t.

        I don’t really understand what your issue is given that semi-autos are indeed *not* assault weapons. Do they just look scary to you or something? It’s rather strange that a grown man would be so lost on the basics of firearms. I guess it’s different though with libtard pussyboyys.

        Oh well – the bill didn’t pass. Sucks for you 😉

      • http://allthingsdemocrat.com/ Doug Marquardt

        Lets try this one last time and see if it gets through your thick, returd skull. Liberal politicians do not call any weapon of any kind “assault” weapons or rifles. The arms manufacturers label their guns assault rifles and assault weapons. If you had the brains to click on the links to the gun manufacturers above you’d see that. You can whine over and over that in your little pea-brain semi-autos like the AR-15 are not assault weapons but, obviously, the arms manufacturers are the ONLY experts on this and you don’t know shit about “the basics of firearms”.

        And see if you can understand this: This site is for Democrats. The name should have been a dead giveaway. We don’t tolerate trolls. YOU are are fucking troll. Go hang out in the lunatic fringe sites where your kind are welcome.

      • T.R. Rollins

        Commenting Policy:

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        Doug Marquardt, Moderator:

        “…see if it gets through your thick, returd [sic] skull.”

        “…you don’t know s**t about “the basics of firearms”.

        “…This site is for Democrats. The name should have been a dead giveaway. We don’t tolerate trolls. YOU are are [sic] f***ing troll.”

        Got it. All comments are welcome, as long as they agree with you, and anyone presenting you with cold, hard facts on an issue that conflict with your personal bias/willful ignorance is a “troll”, and using foul language and childish insults is *perfectly acceptable* as long as it is you or someone toeing the party line that does it.

        Obviously no intelligent, rational, factual discussion is to be had here, but just for the record and the typing practice (then you can feel free to block me/take your ball and go home), the term “assault rifle” *IS* a 100% WRONG and FACTUALLY INCORRECT nomenclature for even fully-automatic firearms of this type.

        When I joined this little ol’ gun club called the United States Marine Corps, I was issued a fully-automatic (but 3-round burst only) M-16A2 SERVICE(!!!) rifle. We weren’t issued M-16A2 ASSAULT [sic] rifles that we had to exchange for M-16A2 Defense rifles when we changed from offensive to defensive operations.

        The Sturmgewehr 44, “Sturmgewehr” literally meaning “Assault Rifle” in English, was and is the only true “assault rifle”, the rest are either full-auto SERVICE rifles, or semi-auto only look-alikes. Just because you found five very minor online retailers using this incorrect terminology, does not change this fact. None of your cited “smoking gun” websites are those of **manufacturers**, so your attempted “See?
        SEE!?!..SEE!!?! TOLD YA SO!!!” “proof” proves nothing. Until you can post links to the web pages of Bushmaster, Daniel Defense, Ruger, Smith & Wesson, etc. calling their products “assault rifles/weapons” [sic], that dog don’t hunt, bro…

        But yeah…despite many years of service as a Rifle Expert-qualified, Honorably Discharged U.S. Marine, which included a earning combat pay while humping the jungle of the Philippines on the lookout for the New People’s Army, working on the Rifle Ranges of Parris Island, and long-time recreational shooter experience as a civilian….I’m sure it’s gonna make you feel better to tell yourself that I also “don’t know s*** about the basics of firearms. Have at it…

        No need to waste your time replying, either, because again…I can tell by your childish insults and the foul language, which violates your very own commenting policy in case you didn’t notice, that a mature, rational discussion is not to be had here…Cheers..! ( ^_^)/

      • http://allthingsdemocrat.com/ Doug Marquardt

        First of all, you mentally disturbed RWNJs think you have some God-given right to comment in sites explicitly made for “Democrats”. You don’t. There are no loop-holes to be found in our commenting policy for RWNJs/trolls. You’re not welcome here. Period. BTW: I enjoy using foul language with you RWNJs because it drives you crazy (er).

        Second, being a RWNJ who served in the military does not give you the right to chose the name given to weapons provided to you by manufacturers. Arms manufacturers have that right. Arms dealers have that right. When you change the name of their product, its simply a nickname. I’m sure it drives you crazy to know that they are hurting your argument against the left-wing when they correctly label their assault rifles as “assault rifles”. Take that up with them. I’m sure they’ve heard it from your type before.

        I’ll leave your comments up to show the world just how fucking crazy you are. But no, you’re not welcome here, and yes, you’re so fucking blocked.