FEATURE ARTICLE

The Truth About Assault Weapons

The Truth About Assault Weapons
 
Tyger Gilbert 
Date: Timely
Subject: Gun Rights

Prior to 1989, the term "assault weapon" did not exist in the lexicon of firearms. It is a political term, developed by anti-gun publicists to expand the category of "assault rifles."

What some people call "assault weapons" function like every other normal firearm. They fire only one bullet each time the trigger is pressed. Unlike automatics (machine guns), they do not fire continuously as long as the trigger is held. Today in America, most handguns are semi-automatics, as are many long guns, including the best-selling rifle today, the AR-15, the model used in the Newtown shooting. Some of these guns look like machine guns, but they do not function like machine guns.