Tom Brokaw calls for a ban on civilian ownership of AR-14s. He states that they “should not be in civilian hands”, but what in the world is an AR-14?
During a panel discussion on Meet The Press, Tom Brokaw had what can only be seen as either a super gaff, uninformed statement or downright propaganda. Whatever the case, the rest of his statement is what is of real concern.
His statement is like many on the anti-gun side of the debate. They misconstrue and distort the definitions of assault rifles and so forth.
Over the years, the definition of what constitutes an assault rifle has changed to the point that it is very specific as to the features of what it takes to make one. The problem is that while becoming more specific, it has also become more encompassing.
According to the Google dictionary, an assault rifle is “a rapid-fire, magazine-fed automatic rifle designed for infantry use”.
Moving through the trenches of defining our topic, we find the world’s go-to source, Wikipedia. They state that assault rifles “includes semi-automatic firearms with a detachable magazine and a pistol grip, and sometimes other features such as a flash suppressor or barrel shroud.”
See the transition from automatic to semi-automatic? Then you move to the openly anti-gun group, Center To Prevent Gun Violence. They say an assault rifle is any firearm that has “military features”.
In this instance any rifle with a thumb-hole stock is an assault rifle. Even your .22 caliber target competition rifle. Advocates of the 2nd Amendment need to understand that the gun rights fight is being slowly and methodically changed due to definitions.
It’s easy to get caught up in the fact that people like Tom Brokaw are making gaffs by referring to a weapon that doesn’t exist. It’s easy for gun owners to laugh at him for it.
It’s also easy for the citizenry at large to listen and believe when someone with the credentials of Tom Brokaw.