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Defining Assault Weapons

Which of the following phrases accurately describes what the media calls "assault weapons"?

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"Assault weapons," a term often used by journalists, are semi-automatic rifles, pistols, and shotguns that share some characteristics with military firearms but lack their defining feature: the ability to fire multiple bullets with a single pull of the trigger. Contrary to media portrayals, these guns fire only one bullet with each pull of the trigger and are commonly used for hunting and home defense. Yet, a leading gun control advocate tagged them with the name "assault weapons" in 1988 and wrote, "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." Certain journalists and politicians are amplifying this deceit by calling these guns "weapons of war."

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