Control The Language, Control The Thoughts.
I said that a few days back and now I’m really going to dig into it. Especially since this phrase is has made its reappearance.
Sounds evil doesn’t it. Let’s look at the definition of Assault from dictionary.com.
assault[ uh-sawlt ]
1. a sudden, violent attack; onslaught: an assault on tradition.
2. an unlawful physical attack upon another; an attempt or offer to do violence to another, with or without battery, as by holding a stone or club in a threatening manner.
3. the stage of close combat in an attack.
verb (used with object)
1. to make an assault upon; attack; assail.
Now look at weapon.
weapon[ wep-uh n ]
1. any instrument or device for use in attack or defense in combat, fighting, or war, as a sword, rifle, or cannon.
2. anything used against an opponent, adversary, or victim: the deadly weapon of satire.
3. any part or organ serving for attack or defense, as claws, horns, teeth, or stings.
For this the assault as a verb is required because its connected to an object, in this case, weapon.
Look at the second definition for weapon. Anything used against another. So if I stab you with my pen technically it’s an assault weapon. What if you pull a knife and come at me? You have an assault weapon.
What if I pull a gun and defend myself?
Is that an assault weapon?
The word Assault in the proper context is the intent of the person, just as Defense is. If you intend to assault me I’ll defend myself. Whatever is used in either case can do nothing without the person wielding it.
Think about that. By using this terminology you skew perspective on an inanimate object. Same as talking bad about someone to a stranger and when the stranger meets that person, unless they’re a critical thinker, their opinion probably isn’t that high.
The NSSF understands this, recently they began calling the AR-15 Stoner design “Modern Sporting Rifles” which is actually more in context. Not Assault Weapon. Weapons are tools, assault is the act. If an assault isn’t taking place you have a tool.
Under the media and popular lexicon’s definition in reality your average martial artist is an assault weapon. Should we ban martial arts?