I was in my LGS the other day when I happened to see Gun Digest’s Buyers Guide to Assault Weapons on the shelf. That got my ire up pretty quickly, mainly because the term, “assault weapon” is meaningless. It’s like referring to my glass as a “drinking glass,” or my plate as an “eating plate.” The simple fact is that whatever you are using to attack another person with is an “assault weapon” of one sort or another. The term, “assault weapon” has been adopted and used by the anti-gun crowd to demonize a specific sub-set of semi-automatic firearms that are arguably less dangerous than many other rifles . . .
So, I was pretty annoyed when I saw a book published under the auspices of of a company that gets most of its revenue from 2A supporters use this inflammatory and inaccurate term. After all, we should be working to eliminate, not perpetuate this sort of thing.
Then I realized that this book was, in fact, not new. It had been published back in 2008 – long before the latest batch of anti-gun rhetoric hit the political world. It was just another case of a company trying to cash in. That said, The People of the Gun need to be more careful. If we use the language of the anti-gunners that’s been forced on us, it becomes part of the lexicon and only makes our jobs tougher. Thanks for nothing, Gun Digest.