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    Greg and Beth

    the political and personal musings of two
    mountaineers living in west-central Florida
     
    Weapons... of Mass Destruction? Comment
    Gregory Morris, 6/12/07 1:51:53 pm
    I'm getting sick and tired of politicians and the media incorrectly assigning fear-inducing terminology where it does not belong. Today, since I'm in that mood, I'll focus on gun-related stuff, but I think you'll agree that this happens whenever a politician wants to frighten us (I could go into Global Warming, for instance.) Anyway, back to the issue at hand...

    Here are some of the mis-used terms that just piss me off:
    -"Cop Killer" bullets (really hard or really soft or really big or really small bullets)
    -"Armor Piercing" (anything more powerful than a .22)
    -"Assault Weapons" (anything big or scary looking)
    -"Sniper Rifle" (anything with a scope on it)
    -"Saturday Night Special" (anything small or inexpensive)
    -...the list goes on

    The latest one is the incorrect use of the phrase "Weapon of Mass Destruction". Look at the definitions returned by a google search on the term.

    I don't see how a semi-automatic AK-47 or an Uzi qualify. Yes, guns are made to kill. But the last time I checked, a legal firearm can kill one thing at a time. I don't care if you are anti-gun, you should know better than to try bullshit like this.

    Even ignoring those definitions, the wording kinda implies that a WMD will indiscriminately destroy a lot of stuff (or people) by activating it once. Even the scariest belt-fed automatic rifle can't claim that.

    Robb agrees with the sentiment, I believe... So how do we get the word out? Something like this might help.

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