Correction of the day
posted at 10:12 am on December 21, 2012 by Ed Morrissey
This note from Slate says volumes:
In a Dec. 20 “Crime” blog post, Justin Peters referred to the AR-15 semi-automatic as an “assault rifle.” Though the AR-15 could be correctly referred to as an “assault weapon” or an “assault-style rifle,” an “assault rifle” specifically refers to a rifle with fully automatic firing capability.
This shows just how meaningless the term “assault weapon” is. Every weapon is an “assault weapon” if used to assault someone. That’s as true of an AR-15 as it is of a machete, or a steak knife, or a rock. The term “assault weapon” comes straight to us from the Department of Redundancy Department.
The term is nothing more than a political artifice which means “guns that look scary.” This is as close as you’ll get to an admission of that from the media.