U.S. Attorney General And Anti Constitutionalist Eric Holder Says Obama Administration Ready To Make "Assault Weapons" Ban Permanent

So tell me just what is a so called “assault weapon” according to these people who are sworn to uphold our Constitution?

The Obama administration, led by the fervent anti-Second Amendment front man Attorney General Eric Holder, is ready to go after our firearms just like we all knew they would as Obama was lying his way through the presidential campaign so this should come as no surprise to anyone.

Years of deliberate mischaracterization by liberal politicians, anti gun rights groups and their lapdogs in the lamestream media of this so called “assault weapon” issue naturally has many people confused as to just exactly what the truth is. The fact of the matter is these anti-Second Amendment groups and politicians do not want American citizens to own or possess any type of gun period and will stoop and slither to any depths to get their wish.

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So just who really gets to decide what firearms receive the scary sounding “assault weapon or rifle” nomenclature? The anti gun groups? The anti gun politicians?

Where did the term “assault weapon or rifle” come from and how did it come to be part of the lexicon of firearm discussions in this country?

First off literally anything can be used as a weapon to assault someone whether it be a big stick, a steel pipe, a knife, a brick or anything else which results in the injury or death of a human being. Murder is murder no matter how it is committed and it’s never comfortable or kind to someone on the receiving end of the violence.

That said the term “assault rifle” can be reliably traced back to a piece of propaganda by a well known politician in his day, Adolph Hitler. This evil genius and civilian firearm confiscator thought that by declaring a particular battle rifle, the Sturmgewehr 44, an “assault rifle” he could pump his troops up to think they had a weapon that was above and beyond what their adversaries possessed and therefore they would have the upper hand when it came to fighting the enemy.

The rifle (originally called the MP44 but redesignated the StG44 by Hitler) combined the characteristics and individual benefits of a carbine, submachine gun and automatic rifle into one package. StG is an abbreviation of the term Sturmgewehr which literally meant “storm rifle” as in “to storm or assault an enemy position.” After Germany’s military adopted the StG 44, the English translation of the term “storm rifle” would become “assault rifle” describing this type of selective fire battle rifle. A select fire weapon is capable, with the manipulation of a switch on the side of the side of the firearm, of firing single shots, two or three shot bursts, fully-automatic, or various combinations thereof.

So now we have at least a basis for the term “assault rifle.” A term used and intended to describe a full on military firearm capable of firing every round in the magazine with one squeeze of the trigger if the operator so desired, or in other words a fully automatic weapon.

Contrary to what I have seen posted all over the internet, civilian ownership of firearms capable of fully automatic fire is NOT illegal everywhere in the U.S. The “Firearm Owners Protection Act” of 1986 contained language that banned the civilian ownership or transfer of any fully-automatic weapon which was not registered on or before May 19, 1986. However, any such weapon manufactured and registered before the May 19, 1986 cutoff could still be legally owned and transferred by civilians pursuant to state and local regulations of course.

Last year the uber liberal governor (and potential Health and Human Services Secretary in the Obama administration) of Kansas, Kathleen Sebelius, signed into law legislation that effective July 1, 2008 state residents may lawfully possess automatic weapons, silencers and short-barrel shotguns. If these folks are willing to undergo an extensive background check, acquire local law enforcement approval, get fingerprinted and photographed, pay a $200 fee and adhere to a “dictionary-sized book of federal regulations” then they can head out the door and legally spend a small fortune on an “assault rifle” or firearm capable of fully automatic fire with the knowledge and understanding that whatever “assault weapon”(s) they choose to purchase those firearms will be well known to and documented by various local, state and federal law enforcement agencies.

Self loading or semi-automatic firearms have been around and available in this country for over a century with the basic design and philosophy behind the action pretty much unchanged over the years. Semi automatic self loading firearms will only fire one round with each pull of the trigger and that is the way these guns have operated since their inception in the late 1800s.

Many popular semi auto firearms have detachable magazines that generally hold anywhere from five to thirty rounds. Magazines with a capacity of a hundred rounds or more are available for a limited number of these semi auto rifles but few people care for these due to their unreliability and heavy weight which makes accurate shots on target quite difficult except for highly skilled operators. Some semi automatics come with fixed or permanently attached magazines with capacities usually up to ten rounds.

Higher capacity magazines of 20-30 rounds are desired by many because the amount of reloading during a target practice session can be reduced dramatically. Anyone who has spent a significant amount of time hand loading magazines at the range can testify to just how tiresome this chore can become when loading five or ten rounds at a time all afternoon long.

Americans are well known for their innate desire to modify just about anything they can get their hands on. Whether it is a car, truck, riding lawn mower or even their computer cases, we hate to leave things “stock” and our firearms are no different. One can purchase a rather bland looking factory firearm with a wooden stock and forearm and a hundred bucks or so later individualize it with new plastic composite “furniture” for a more custom fit and appearance. Some modify their guns for looks and others strictly for functionality, such as a pistol or forearm grip or an adjustable stock, but no matter what the firearm’s action remains the same, semi automatic–one round expelled per trigger pull, just like it did when it left the factory.

It is illegal and extremely dangerous to modify or attempt to convert a semi automatic rifle to full auto. The mechanisms in modern firearms are fit to very tight tolerances and if someone doesn’t know precisely what they are doing they can easily render an expensive and functioning semi auto firearm completely useless or just as easily wind up killing themselves.

Do people break the law and convert these semi auto firearms into fully automatic “assault weapons” anyway? Well of course they do. Just like people disobey the law and kill their fellow citizens with their bare hands in this country every single day of the year but it is highly unusual to hear of an American citizen with a lawful right to possess a firearm using an illegally converted semi automatic rifle to commit a crime in the U.S.

That said many may recall the failed Bank of America bank heist in North Hollywood a dozen years ago. Two heavily armed men with firearms that were illegally converted to full auto and fitted with one hundred round capacity magazines allegedly loaded with armor piercing rounds were intercepted outside the bank by several police officers and a wild gun battle ensued. The men fired over 1,000 rounds, in full auto, of the armor piercing ammo at the police and civilians in the area yet in the end the only people that died that day were the two bad guys. While the two determined criminals, shooting true “assault weapons,” did in fact injure several people including a few severely, the bottom line is everyone but the crooks survived.

So how did it become common to call any semi automatic rifle that looked “scary” to a certain group of anti Second Amendment people in this country an “assault weapon?” Well these people could not have pulled it off without the aid of the left wing media that is well known for showing segments on television of devastating fully automatic fire then turning around and claiming that these, instead of semi auto firearms, are the weapons commonly possessed in this country, a flat out lie.

Naturally to those not familiar in the least with firearms this display of firepower would scare the crap out of them! “Who the hell needs those fully automatic military guns?”–many would think not realizing they were deliberately lied to and purposely misled by these anti Second Amendment media outlets that somehow feel the First Amendment gives them free rein to do this to their viewers.

(With all due respect to the officer he is incorrect in saying civilians do not have legal access to fully automatic “assault rifles” in some parts of the country as I stated earlier. The rest of the message is spot on however.)

Ok so how about crime and these mischaracterized semi automatic rifles? According to Guy Smith, author of Gun Facts, (be sure to download and read this information if you are interested in some well researched truth relating to all aspects of the firearm debate)

“Assault weapon” is an invented term. In the firearm lexicon, there is no such thing as an “assault weapon”. The closest relative is the “assault rifle”, which is a machine gun or “select fire” rifle that fires rifle cartridges. [32]

In most cases, “assault weapons” are functionally identical to hunting rifles, though cosmetically similar to military guns.

Fact: In 1994, before the Federal “assault weapons ban”, you were eleven (11) times more likely to be beaten to death than to be killed by an “assault weapon”. [33]

In the first year since the ban was lifted, murders declined 3.6%, and violent crime 1.7%. [34]

Fact: Nationally, “assault weapons” were used in 1.4% of crimes involving firearms and 0.25% of all violent crime before the enactment of any national or state “assault weapons” ban. In many major urban areas (San Antonio, Mobile, Nashville, etc.) and some entire states (Maryland, New Jersey, etc.) the rate is less than 0.1%. [35]

Fact: Even weapons misclassified as “assault weapons” (common in the former Federal and California “assault weapons” confiscations) are used in less than 1% of all homicides. [36]

Fact: Police reports show that “assault weapons” are a non-problem:

For California:

• Los Angeles: In 1998, of 538 documented gun incidents, only one (0.2%) involved an “assault weapon”.

• San Francisco: In 1998, only 2.2% of confiscated weapons were “assault weapons”.

• San Diego: Between 1988 and 1990, only 0.3% of confiscated weapons were “assault weapons”.

• “I surveyed the firearms used in violent crimes…assault-type firearms were the least of our worries.” [37]

For the rest of the nation:

• Between 1980 and 1994, only 2% of confiscated guns were “assault weapons”. [38]

• Just under 2% of criminals that commit violent crimes used “assault weapons”. [39]

Department of Defense Small Arms Identification and Operations Guide [32]

FBI Uniform Crime Statistics, 1994 [33]

FBI Uniform Crime Statistics, Preliminary Summary, 2004 [34]

Gary Kleck, “Targeting Guns”, 1997, compilation of 48 metropolitan police departments from 1980-1994 [35]

FBI Uniform Crime Statistics, 1993 [36]

S.C. Helsley, Assistant Director DOJ Investigation and Enforcement Branch, California, October 31, 1988 [37]

Gary Kleck, “Targeting Guns”, 1997, compilation of 48 metropolitan police departments from 1980-1994 [38]

Gary Kleck, “Targeting Guns”, 1997, calculated from Bureau of Justice Statistics, assault weapon recovery rates [39]

We now have a much clearer picture of what an “assault rifle” really is and we can also see that semi automatic rifles are seldom used in crime.

So what are these semi automatic weapons good for and why do so many people in this country who believe in the Second Amendment, along with the rest of the Constitution, think it is essential to keep the grubby hands of the gun banners off of them?

Perhaps we can go back to the 1992 so called Rodney King riots in southern California where the police were hopelessly outnumbered and “the government” frankly left everyone on their own to defend their lives and property as best they could. If you had no way of protecting yourself you were simply at the mercy of the rioting murderous thugs.

(Please note I chose a rather mild video of what was going on during those riots instead of some of the more violent episodes caught on tape as many would have a difficult time watching the reality of what actually took place)

What event could possibly take place that would cause another situation like this to explode across the nation? Hmm, I wonder.

Of course our founding fathers, when they crafted the Constitution and specifically the Second Amendment, were probably not concerned about riots in Los Angeles at the time. While self defense of one’s life, family and property were right there at the top of the list the founders were also adamant about the ability of well armed citizens to rise up in the event a tyrannical government attempted to usurp power from the people guaranteed under the Constitution.

Do not be misled by those that claim gun registration (which always leads to government mandated gun confiscation, just ask the citizens of the U.K. and Australia) or the outright banning of firearms is best for societal safety, especially the “it’s for the children” nonsense. Those who have made it their life’s mission to do everything they can to restrict or remove our Second Amendment rights are often the very same people who are hell bent on pushing abortion “rights” down our collective throats.

The criminals, who do not adhere to or respect laws anyway, will always have access to deadly weapons including firearms. The confiscation of firearms from citizens serves one purpose, to render them impotent, and one class of people only, those in power. Unarmed, the people of this country can do nothing but acquiesce to whatever whims the ruling class which to lay upon us. Something millions of people in this country will simply not stand for.

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