I remembered the very first time I ever held a shotgun. It was a .22 automatic rifle with polished oak. I positioned it on target and my finger itched for the trigger. Two seconds later, I hit the target—dead on.
I wasn’t there to kill somebody. I was there because my grandpa thought it was important for his grandchildren to know how to defend themselves from perverts and rapists, but also guns are great for hunting. Seventy years old and still can hit a raccoon from the front porch, yards away.
I want to protect myself. That’s why I want to pack heat; I don’t have to here at my school, because of our great Campus Police, but when I turn 21, I’m signing up for a gun class and purchasing a handgun of my very own.
The gun control debate sprung up after the Sandy Hook tragedy. Unfortunately, that brought a lot of heat into a topic that looks pretty clear to me. The information that people have about “assault rifles” and “military weapons” is not correct, so it’s time to ask questions and get some answers.
QUESTION: What is the difference between “assault rifle” and “assault weapons”?
ANSWER: According to the Encyclopedia Britannica, an assault rifle is a “military firearm that is chambered for ammunition of reduced size or propellant charge and that has the capacity to switch between semiautomatic and fully automatic fire.” This means an assault rifle can fire multiple rounds of bullets or one round of bullets. Also, in the US, the restrictions on these guns to be sold to the public are specific: it must not have the ability to full automatic fire and it should not have the capacity to fire military-grade cartridges.
As for “assault weapons,” it’s a little more complicated. Mostly, it means firearms and weapons that are military-grade or higher, but even that is used loosely. Gun politics in the US have long used the word “assault weapons” in a number of…