So Gun Nation News host Brandy Vega told me she was heading out into the real world (a.k.a., Salt Lake City) to do some woman-on-the-street interviews. I suggested she ask the great unwashed to define an assault weapon.
Regular readers will remember we posted a list of definitions from a Reason-Rupe Public Opinion Survey on gun control. Those who’ve perused this fantastic of farrago of firearms fail will not be surprised at Ms. Vega’s edited result — save the fact that the interviewees rightly assumed that an assault weapon was any weapon you use to assault someone.
The montage also highlights the fact that support for gun control comes from people who have only a vague idea what that term means, both in general and in specific.
To paraphrase P. T. Barnum, no one ever lost support for a political position by underestimating the intelligence of the average American.