To no one’s surprise, a member of the Associated Press has adopted the term blurted out by a know-nothing NBC reporter during the U.S. Navy Yard massacre, during which Aaron Alexis used a Remington 870 shotgun to murder 12 people. And now . . . “FREEHOLD, N.J. (AP) – Authorities say a 2-day gun buyback program staged in central New Jersey last weekend netted 218 firearms. Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni says the weapons collected at a church in Asbury Park and the Rumson police department included 126 handguns, 39 shotguns, and 24 rifles. Among the assault weapons surrendered was a Colt AR-15, a Mossberg assault shotgun and a World War II-era Japanese bolt-action rifle. Participants were allowed to turn in weapons for cash with no questions asked. Gramiccioni says officials spent $15,000 to buy the firearms.” Demonizing firearms? Priceless! To be fair . . .
There is a firearm called the Atchisson Assault Shotgun or AA-12. But that’s a rather specialized beast. The term “assault shotgun” has certainly not entered the lexicon of those who sell and/or use scatterguns for offensive or defensive purposes. The armed forces likes to use the phrase “combat shotgun” for smoothbores that are less suitable for trap, skeet and hunting than strategic objectives. Civilians favor the term “tactical shotgun” for home defense shotguns
The fact that the AP is trying to slide the term “assault shotgun” into the popular lexicon—presumably unbidden by the civilian disarmament industrial complex—shows just how far the media’s willing to go to further the civilian disarmament agenda. Worse, it could be an effective ploy. Look how California has widened the definition of “assault rifle” to any rifle that accepts a detachable magazine. We’ll be keeping our eyes peeled for this insidious assault on our Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms…not to mention our language.