New Jersey--(Ammoland.com)- With fall a mere few weeks away, and with it the start of the traditional hunting season Nationwide, I thought it would be timely to discuss another in the endless list of lies foisted on a largely ignorant public and intentionally myopic media by Gun Control Advocates, their supporters and Politicians.
That being the trite and well worn buzz phrases that “no one hunts with an assault rifle” or “assault rifles” are not used for hunting or other similar, slightly altered, but massively imbecilic and obtuse comments.
As with all things related to the arguments for and supportive of gun control, these arguments and justifications are not based on facts or actual knowledge of the subject, they are squarely in the realm of emotionally driven salesmanship.
There is one thing the gun control advocates are right about though, and one thing only. They are right when they state “no one hunts with an assault rifle” , because true, actual “assault rifles” have been heavily regulated by the Federal Government since the National Firearms Act of 1934 and the Gun Owners Protection Act of 1986.
The laws codified in these two pieces of Federal Legislation, applicable Nationwide, have created and ensured a highly restricted market for “assault rifles”, which are defined as select fire, fully automatic, military firearms. The process to legally obtain and own these firearms includes an extensive background check by the ATF/FBI, a process that can take up to 6 months, registration of the weapon with the Federal Govt, in most jurisdictions the signature of the local Chief Law Enforcement Officer on a Federal Form, attesting to the Chief’s personal knowledge that the person has no criminal history or violent tendencies (essentially a second background check), payment of a 200 dollar fee for the “Tax Stamp” to the Federal Government, the requirement to keep the registration paperwork/approvals with the weapon at all times and a requirement to notify the ATF anytime the owner wishes to take the firearm across State lines for any reason.
Due to the above, the market for real “assault weapons” is restricted to the near exclusive realm of wealthy collectors and aficionados, with prices at retail starting at roughly 5,000 dollars per firearm depending on type and desirability and increasing exponentially from there into the price range of a new mid range luxury car or sizable down payment on a house.
Given these facts, that literally anyone can verify with only a few minutes of searching the web, what then do the Anti Gunners and their acolytes mean when they claim “no one hunts with an assault rifle” ? What they are referring to are semi-automatic only rifles, that share only an outward appearance to their military counterparts, thus making them look “scary” and worthy of banishment.
The shocking thing is, the various Anti gun groups have openly admitted to this !
Josh Sugarmann, head of the rabidly Anti Gun Violence Policy Center said as much in a publicized interview.
“Assault weapons — The weapon’s menacing looks, coupled with the public’s confusion over fully automatic machine guns versus semi-automatic assault weapons— anything that looks like a machine gun is assumed to be a machine gun—can only increase the chance of public support for restrictions on these weapons. In addition, few people can envision a practical use for these weapons.” ~ Josh Sugarmann, Assault Weapons and Accessories in America, 1988
Read that again. The titular head of one of the most zealous and deceptive Anti Gun Groups in the Country is publicly admitting to intentionally inventing a phrase out of thin air, in an effort to manufacture confusion and then take advantage of that confusion, to market his desires to the public at large and the media. A more pure example of unadulterated propaganda is difficult to imagine.
The follow on question then becomes, if we know people are not in fact hunting with actual assault weapons, as should be abundantly clear, are they hunting with what the various Anti Gun groups and their supporters falsely label as “assault weapons”?
Turns out, they are!
California ( Gun Banner Heaven), Wisconsin, Indiana, Alaska, West Virginia, Texas, Illinois, New York State,Missouri, Nebraska, Florida, Utah, Minnesota, Oregon, Louisiana, Montana, Maine , Kentucky, New Hampshire, Michigan, Georgia, New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona are all States where hunting with what gun control supporters like to call “assault rifles” is completely legal. This list is by no means all inclusive of every State that permits hunting with semi automatic “assault rifles” , but does show that no less then half the States in the Country allow hunting with these firearms, representing millions of hunters, from every geographical region imaginable and 100′s of millions of dollars of tax revenue and license fees that go back to Federal and State Wildlife Conservation efforts.
For an incredibly detailed analysis of hunting, fishing and other outdoorsman related activities, feel free to follow this link http://www.census.gov/prod/2008pubs/fhw06-nat.pdf to a report compiled by the US Dept of Fish and Game.
Given what I’ve just related, it should be abundantly obvious that hunting with semi automatic “assault rifles” is the norm, not the exception, and certainly not the definitive “no one hunts with “assault rifles”” exclamations of gun control supporters.
But recognizing such facts does not support the gun grabbers agendas. So they will loudly claim to anyone that will listen that millions of people equates to “no one” , just as they deny that hundreds of thousands of people defend their lives or the lives of their loved ones with a firearm in public annually.
Or perhaps more realistically, the claims of “no one does” is really an unintentional revealing of their contempt and arrogance for anyone that does not agree with them, and we really are “nobodies” as far as they are concerned. It is this mindset, the hubris, bigotry and dismissive attitude towards hunters and gun owners that has led to the marginalization and eventually the destruction of the gun control movement as a viable force in American Society.
Gun Control Groups and their supporters, including those in media and the halls of power are completely unable and or unwilling to grasp the fact that continuing to spout Great Lies on a grand scale, in the days of new media, where anyone willing can rapidly discover the facts is what destroys any credibility they might once have enjoyed.
About Dan RobertsDan Roberts is a grassroots supporter of gun rights that has chosen AmmoLand Shooting Sports News as the perfect outlet for his frank, ‘Jersey Attitude’ filled articles on Guns and Gun Owner Rights. As a resident of the oppressive state of New Jersey he is well placed to be able to discuss the abuses of government against our inalienable rights to keep and bear arms as he writes from deep behind NJ’s Anti-Gun iron curtain. Read more from Dan Roberts or email him at DRoberts@ammoland.com