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SAD! Media Realizes “Assault Weapon” Term is Meaningless Before Congress Does



250 years later and this is still the best the American press ever did.

Did journalism just get a little, teeny, tiny bit more honest on guns?

As you know, one of the anti-gunners’ most useful tools is the gaggle of useful idiots who have the nerve to call themselves “journalists.” For decades, the mainstream media has been thrilled to refer to semi-automatic, civilian-legal, military-looking black guns as “assault rifles.” The gun grabbers know that there’s a difference, but they’re hoping to fool Joe and Jane Sixpack into thinking that anyone can just stroll into a gun store and buy a full-auto machine gun. (As you also know, they don’t just want your guns. They want your mind, too.) Up until now, the Associated Press has gleefully assisted in this blatant lie. But apparently someone at AP finally sat them all down with a giant chart, some Play-Doh, and some crayons to snack on … and voila, the discourse just got a little tiny bit more honest.

Of course, Congress hasn’t figured that out yet. Many such cases! Sad!

After years of incorporating the terms “assault rifle” and “assault weapons” into news reports involving firearms, especially when used in crimes, journalists are now advised by the Associated Press to avoid the “highly politicized terms,” and the Second Amendment Foundation says it’s a “smart gun change.”

“It’s about time the media realized the terms ‘assault rifle’ and ‘assault weapon’ are inflammatory and meaningless,” said Second Amendment Foundation founder and Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb. “Those terms have become part of the gun prohibition lobby’s lexicon, and unfortunately, journalists across the country have been all-too-willing to adopt their vocabulary and repeatedly use it in their reports.

“I’m glad to see the AP Stylebook now recognizes that these firearms only fire one round each time a trigger is pulled,” he continued, “and really function no differently than any other semi-auto rifle, pistol or shotgun, all of which have been in common use in this country for more than a century.”

Dear Associated Press: THIS is what an assault weapon is. Notice the wooden furniture and absence of scary-looking black bits hanging off of rails.

According to an AP Style Tip, “The preferred term for a rifle that fires one bullet each time the trigger is pulled, and automatically reloads for a subsequent shot, is a semi-automatic rifle. An automatic rifle continuously fires rounds if the trigger is depressed and until its ammunition is exhausted.

“Avoid assault rifle and assault weapon,” the AP adds, “which are highly politicized terms that generally refer to AR- or AK-style rifles designed for the civilian market, but convey little meaning about the actual functions of the weapon.”

As noted by Gottlieb, “The gun prohibition lobby has always used ‘assault rifle’ or ‘assault weapon’ to confuse and frighten the public and make people think it’s a fully automatic ‘weapon of war.’ Now we’ll have to see how intellectually honest journalists will be in adopting this correct terminology, rather than continuing to use these deliberately misleading references.

“This laudable effort by the Associated Press may help restore the level of trust the public should have in the media,” he observed. “It will be interesting to see if the media now challenges politicians and anti-gun lobbyists whenever they use such terms, especially since ‘AR’ never referred to ‘assault rifle’ but to Armalite Rifle, and the gun control crowd has always known it.”



  1. Robert

    July 21, 2022 at 10:03 am

    The only reason the democrats continue to use Assault rifle and Assault weapon is it sound scary and the democrats try to rule by fear. Is like their climate change will end the world in 12 years number. No matter what you do to try to change things unless you can pull the earth out of its orbit and get it further away from the sun we are going to be warm for next few years as the earth orbit puts us closer to the sun right now. This happens every time the earth orbit gets close to the sun. So stop with the whining about firearms and trying to scare people. You want to scare people just tell them we have another 4 years of biden.

  2. James

    July 20, 2022 at 9:23 am

    In the past, we the people, elected fairly smart people to public offices, that is not the case now, we have congressmen and women who are dumber than dirt, one congressman that
    Thought if the Navy built a new dock in Guam that the weight of it might flip the island over, and as others have posted, most do not know what a assault weapon is or is not. We can only hope, in the future, to elect component men and women to run our government. Don’t hold your breath.

  3. James Green

    July 19, 2022 at 3:15 pm

    The ignorance of even our politicians is astounding. Once Senator Feinstein referred to a “semi-automatic” gun as one that can fire 30 to 60 rounds in a few seconds! Obviously she doesn’t know the difference between semi-automatic and fully-automatic weapon. And yet politicians like her are making decisions about our future! Heaven help us!

  4. krp

    July 18, 2022 at 2:07 pm

    AP’s sudden honesty has to do with the concept of “unconstitutionally vague” and they realize that the law currently being pushed to completely outlaw “assault weapons” as being used in this proposed legislation needs to better clarify that which is going to be outlawed so as to pass Supreme Court review!!! They are only trying to help Congress take our guns by clarifying the definitions!!

    • Roland

      July 18, 2022 at 2:30 pm

      It’s a shame that you revel in getting somebody to recognize the more acceptable recognition of the weapon they are trying to ban. When instead you should be getting them to recognize that it doesn’t matter how you describe the weapon any laws they may pass to control them are unconstitutional and thus Illegal.

    • Herb

      July 19, 2022 at 1:42 am

      Now if we can get them to use proper terminology for violent crimes committed with guns, instead of the incorrect “gun violence” terminology.

  5. AKmarc

    July 18, 2022 at 1:27 pm

    Congress just needs more Play-Doh™️

  6. gary axner

    July 18, 2022 at 12:04 pm

    Soon enough AP will be banned from all social media for telling the truth.

  7. Har

    July 18, 2022 at 11:27 am

    In 1957, 65 years ago, Armalite Rifle, took the wood out of firearm manufacturing and replaced it with non-wood components to hold the action and barrel. To this day the plastic, carbon fiber and synthetics have replaced the wood in many varieties of firearms.
    The truth scares the media!

    • Peter P. Angelou Jr.

      July 18, 2022 at 12:34 pm

      I agree! Most politicians do not know the difference between a semi-automatic or a full automatic weapon.
      One comment on the BAR rifle.
      I fired that weapon BAR M1918A2 numerous times. The selector switch had 3 positions. F,A and S.
      F meant “Fairly” fast (slow rate of fire, but still automatic firing. A meant “Awfully” fast, a higher rate of fire, and S which means Safe>

      Just liked to pass that on.

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