Urbin Report

Thursday, April 19, 2007

democrats don't let ignorance get in the way of writing legislation

Hot Air has the video of Tucker Carlson nailing democrat Rep Carolyn McCarthy. Not only does she shamelessly spread the "guns criminals use" about the thankfully ended anti-civil rights semi-automatic rifle ban, she doesn't doesn't even know what the terms are in her own bill. For example, she has no clue to as what a barrel shroud is.

Wikipedia has a good note on how the anti-civil rights "gun grabbers" actively try to confuse the issue and keep people from learning the facts:

As early as September 1988, Josh Sugarmann, gun-control activist and executive director of the Violence Policy Center, coined the term assault weapon to denote various semi-automatic firearms with features commonly associated with firearms used by military and/or law enforcement personnel. Sugarmann adopted the "assault weapon" label from the Sturmgewehr 44, a German military rifle used during World War II; Sturmgewehr translates into English as either "Storm Rifle" or "Assault Rifle." Note that this term is not synonymous with assault rifle, which has an established technical definition and refers only to military rifles with full-automatic capability. Sugarmann pushed for new legislation to restrict or outlaw civilian ownership of such firearms, stating that "The weapons' menacing looks, coupled with the public's confusion over fully automatic machine guns versus semi-automatic assault weapons -- anything that looks like a machine gun is assumed to be a machine gun -- can only increase the chance of public support for restrictions on these weapons."

Today, there is still no exact or universal definition for the term "assault weapon," although the term has gained significant popularity among gun-control advocates.