Turning Off The Spin Machine; Context Needed

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.

“Assault Weapon”

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.
4. rape.

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?


Guns Save Lives, Contrary To What You Hear

Time for another installment showing all the good and lawful uses of those “evil” guns. Looking through the NRA armed citizen archives then searching for the source I’m going to bring you a few stories. Starting with…

Lightning Strikes Twice For a Burgalar

In the small Alabama town of Pintlala a man in dire needs of a better hobby pulled up to a house in a stolen truck and broke into a empty home. The homeowner gets home and watches as this guy strolls out of his house. He pulls his pistol as the guy tries to get into his truck to leave, but the resident wasn’t having none of that. He puts a bullet into the tire and takes the guy’s keys. Who then runs away as the homeowner calls 911. As the cops start looking they get another call that another home was broken into. The woman was asleep and woke up to the sound of someone in her house. She grabs gun and draws down on the same guy that just B&E’d the other house and thinking he has the worse luck. And he ran like hell to be caught again later. Story here

Dirtbags Outgunned

Three guys bust into a home to find the first layer of a Security System in the way, they owner’s dog. So they put a .22 into the dog, which was stupid, because now they woke up the owner, who’s already mad because someone kicked in his door. They look up to stare down the barrel of a shotgun. And seeing how they have a gun and used it, he decided not to risk it, and opened fire killing one, wounding another, and the other ran as fast as he could. Story here

Burglar Calls 911 Scared He’ll Be Shot

Dirtbag breaks in, decides he needs a shower, and while in there, he hears the homeowner come home with their dogs. So he hides in the closet, dials 911 saying ‘I broke in, and I think the people who own the home have a gun.’ The homeowner was also on the phone with 911. Story here

Three stories, criminals kicking open doors and finding not ADT, but Glock Security Systems. Homeowners who grab 1911’s before dialing 911, because they know cops are minutes away when seconds count. Or the deterring effect of the mere thought that they maybe shot. Crimes stopped, with minimum shots fired. Guns save lives.