IF LEFTY POLICIES ARE SO SELF-EVIDENTLY GOOD, WHY DO THEY ALWAYS HAVE TO RESORT TO LIES TO SELL THEM? Why it’s called a ‘modern sporting rifle’ and not an ‘assault weapon.’
An article in Slate, dripping with disdain for gun owners who purchase anything that’s not a small handgun (note: handguns are used in nearly all gun murders in the U.S.), attempted to explain why the weapon used in the Orlando terrorist attack is referred to as a “modern sporting rifle.”
The article is well-researched and detailed, I’ll give author Justin Peters that. And he’s right that the term was coined as a marketing ploy to sell the guns to civilians. But the insinuation is that these guns are actually being sold for the purposes of assaulting other people.
“The term is a genius act of marketing, meant to bring these deadly weapons into the mainstream and keep them there,” Peters wrote. “It’s also disingenuous hokum that exists to cloud debate, like calling a used car ‘pre-owned.'”
It’s not disingenuous though, because no credible gun seller in America is selling these weapons for the specific purpose of murder. By Peters’ own estimates, there are something like 10 million weapons of this kind in the U.S. There have been 81 mass shootings in the U.S. since 1982. Assuming arguendo that every single one of those killings involved what Peters and the rest of the media love to refer to as assault weapons, that still means that 99.9999 percent of these were used for things other than mass shootings.
And if you want to look at all murders, there were only only 248 homicides were committed with all varieties of rifle in 2014, accounting for 2.1 percent of all U.S. homicides, according to the FBI.
Remember, none of this is about saving lives. It’s about the cultural domination of the people in flyover country, by their coastal “betters” who get a near-erotic thrill out of such domination, and who are reduced to blind rage whenever their efforts at domination fail.