This was highlighted this week on CNN’s Don Lemon, where they had a discussion about assault rifles. One of the biggest myths I hear from people who are anti-gun are that assault rifles are automatic, easy to access and so on. But what most people don’t know is that fully automatic weapons are heavily regulated by the Federal Government, and no automatic weapons are allowed to be imported after May 19th, 1986(there are some very limited exceptions for this). To buy a fully automatic weapons ranges in price from $10,000 and up, so most people do not have fully automatics.
When Don Lemon was confronted by Ben Ferguson he quickly changed the definition of what “automatic” was, which is what a lot of anti-gun politicians, groups and people will do. Take this exchange as an example of how they will change the definitions to fit what they believe,
“The gun law says that you and I can’t just go out and buy an automatic weapon, so let’s deal with the facts here,” Ferguson said. “A semi-automatic weapon is a gun that you and I are allowed to own, and in different places they have different rules. But to imply that anyone can walk out and buy an automatic weapon is just not true, Don.”(The Blaze)
“I have maybe shot a gun three, four times in my life — I don’t even live in Colorado. I think most people can go out and buy an automatic weapon,” Lemon added. “I don’t understand your argument there. It took me 20 minutes.”(The Blaze).
He furthers this by giving this example…”For me, an automatic weapon is anything that you can shoot off a number of rounds very quickly. I was able to buy an AR-15 in 20 minutes”(The Blaze)
When confronted Lemon said they were just getting into semantics, but what they are arguing about is a huge deal. They are trying to ban or restrict something that is already restricted, but by changing the definition they are making a new class of weapons that want to be banned. A semi-automatic firearm will fire one shot with one pull of the trigger and a fully automatic firearm will fire multiple Which is not just semantics it is a huge difference in classification of firearm.
Yes you can get a AR-15 in a 15-20 minutes in a majority of the states, but getting a fully automatic rifle will require a Federal Tax Stamp. The Tax Stamp has to be approved by the ATF, which can take a six to nine months to complete and $200. The weapon itself will likely cost you in the tens of thousands of dollars on top of the wait and $200 tax stamp. So it isn’t as easy as walking into your neighborhood gun store and walking out in 15 minutes with an automatic weapon.
Anti-gun politicians and groups will pull it is just semantics or try to finagle the definition of what they are talking about to fit the narrative they are trying to get across. But they come out sounding ignorant and dumb. If you want to ban something at least know what you are trying to ban, get educated and lets have a healthy debate about it. If you know what you are talking about and are knowledgeable about the issue I will have much more respect for your position. I feel like us in the gun community have to educate the anti crowd while trying to defend our position. Just a quick rant!
The Blaze: http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2014/08/21/conservative-guest-asks-cnn-anchor-to-define-automatic-weapon-his-response-will-leave-many-viewers-speechless/