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Posted: 12/2/2001 11:09:58 AM EDT
Next time someone refers to your black rifle as an "assault weapon" in an obviously derogatory way, advise them that since they are quoting Adolf Hitler, they must be a fan. Yes, it's true, the term was coined by Hitler in reference to the development of the MG-43 and the MG-44 toward the end of WWII.
Link Posted: 12/2/2001 11:13:14 AM EDT
That would be MK-43 and Stg44. Not MG. Also briefly called MP-43.
Link Posted: 12/2/2001 11:49:14 AM EDT
You can do the same when an anti says "Saturday night special." Its a racial epithet, short for "Saturday Night Ni**ertown Special."
Link Posted: 12/2/2001 12:22:00 PM EDT
No one really knows for sure who created the definition of "assault weapon" but one thing for sure is that Josh Sugarman of everyone's favorite anti-gun organization, VPC (also the orginators of "cop killer bullets", "x-ray invisible plastic guns", and now "sniper rifles") did it's best to propagandize the term. Here are some of his quotes pertaining to "assault weapons": "Assault weapons... are a new topic. 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. In addition, few people can envision a practical use for these weapons." "If police continue to call for assault weapons restrictions, and the NRA continues to fight such measures, the result can only be a further tarnishing of NRA's image in the eyes of the public, the police, and NRA members. The organization will no longer be viewed as the defender of the sportsman, but as the defender of the drug dealer." "Efforts to restrict assault weapons are more likely to succeed than those to restrict handguns." "... many Americans do believe that handguns are effective weapons for home-defense and the majority of Americans mistakenly believe the Second Amendment of the Constitution guarantees the individual right to keep and bear arms. Yet, many who support the individual's right to own a handgun have second thoughts when the issue comes down to assault weapons. Assault weapons are often viewed the same way as machine guns and `plastic' firearms -- a weapon that poses such a grave risk that it's worth compromising a perceived constitutional right."
Link Posted: 12/2/2001 12:44:18 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/2/2001 12:36:45 PM EDT by stubbs]
Originally Posted By Imbroglio: "... many Americans do believe that handguns are effective weapons for home-defense and the majority of Americans [b]mistakenly[/b] believe the Second Amendment of the Constitution guarantees the individual right to keep and bear arms. Yet, many who support the individual's right to own a handgun have second thoughts when the issue comes down to assault weapons. Assault weapons are often viewed the same way as machine guns and `plastic' firearms -- a weapon that poses such a grave risk that it's worth compromising a perceived constitutional right."
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' Sad thing is; that's mostly right.
Link Posted: 12/2/2001 12:53:09 PM EDT
I think you mean STG-44. Or Sturmgewehr which literally means "Storm" rifle or correctly "Assault" rifle.
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