October 17, 2019

Can we semi-automatically speak the same language about guns?

Of course, after the shooting, demands were made that we “do something” about guns. Tom Brokaw called for banning “AR-14s,” while Bernie Sanders said the problem was “automatic rifles.” The only problem with their proposals? AR-14s do not exist, and automatic weapons have been effectively banned for decades.

This misinformation is multiplied on the internet. Examples abound of well-intended people declaring we need to ban “semi-automatic” weapons, since “police don’t even have them.” They are wrong. A “semi-automatic” anything simply discharges one unit every time it is operated. That includes AR-15s, .22 rifles, and nearly every handgun in existence, whether privately owned or issued to police. It also includes staplers.

Source: Can we semi-automatically speak the same language about guns? | He Said It Right

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