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A what rifle?

How were we all coerced into calling rifles "Assault Rifles"?
Why do we allow the Collectivists to control the narrative and our language?
I suspect it's because they are running most of the media and are simply able to repeat their language into the public's ears constantly.
I'm not sure where, but I recently heard someone remark that they own a "Defense Rifle", not an "Assault Rifle".
Makes a lot of sense to me.
I am now making it a point to incorporate "Defense Rifle" into my daily vocabulary and drop "Assault Rifle".
Maybe it will have an impact?
Maybe "Self-Defense Rifle" works even better?
Just a thought.

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DR15 replaces AR15

All gun manufacturers should sell an AR15 clone under the name DR15.

A Rifle

A rifle is a rifle. Just call it a rifle. If you need to distinguish it from any other rifle use the model number.

"Setting a good example is a far better way to spread ideals than through force of arms."
Ron Paul

DHS officially calls select fire "Personal Defense Weapon".

So it's only logical we call them that, Defense rifle, or Defense Weapon.

Just a thought?

Just a *great* thought.


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Continue reading @ http://www.nssf.org/msr/facts.cfm

The modern sporting rifle, based on the AR-15 platform, is widely misunderstood. Why? Confusion exists because while these rifles may cosmetically look like military rifles, they do not function the same way. Also, groups wanting to ban these rifles have for years purposely or through ignorance spread misinformation about them to aid their cause.

The National Shooting Sports Foundation asks you to be an informed gun owner and to use the following facts to correct misconceptions about these rifles. Remember, that if AR-15-style modern sporting rifles are banned, your favorite traditional-looking hunting or target shooting semi-automatic firearm could be banned, too.

AR-15-platform rifles are among the most popular firearms being sold. They are today's modern sporting rifle.

The AR in "AR-15" rifle stands for ArmaLite rifle, after the company that developed it in the 1950s. "AR" does NOT stand for "assault rifle" or "automatic rifle."

"Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect" - Mark Twain


You can defend your life on the street with a pistol.
You can defend your family at home with a shotgun.

But if you want to defend liberty, you need a rifle. Call it a defense rifle or a battle rifle, but you need one and you need to know how to use it.

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Yes, but now it's a

defense stapler or self-defense stapler. :)

I'd rather have a bottle in front o' me than a frontal lobotomy

I vote

self defense rifle!

Vocabulary changed!!!

"It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere".

It's hard not to be a menace to society when half the population is happy on their knees. - unknown

Excellent -

That was an excellent observation concerning context and the conditioning of thought and meaning.

Although the history of the assault rifle itself contains the reasoning behind its name (as another response to this post has already iterated), the emotional effect invoked today through dialectic bent is what gives it that firm sense of villainy.

Like any word, it is not the literal denotation that carries the message - it is the use of that denotation by the sign-user.

Of course, within the majority of our collective lexicon the simple word gun invokes the same emotional response.

Assault Rife

The term is originally a military term, coined by the German military. Rifle was single shot (bolt action or otherwise) for the most part. Semi-auto rifle came at a later date, such as the M1 Garand. However, a semi-auto rifle is not necessarily an assault rifle. An assault rifle (Sturmgewehr) was designed to be an automatic firing rifle that has an active range between an machienepistolen (Machine pistol or sub-machinegun) and a regular rifle (semi-auto or bolt action).

So there's nothing wrong with the term Assault rifle. It is a military term. What is wrong is that people do not understand the real meaning of "assault rifle", and they mistakenly applied it to a semi-automatic rifle of various calibers.

Still, I think we need to correct the terms or bring the battle to their site, that we need to make known that assault rifles are BANNED already! If they want to BAN assault rifle, we need to make it legal first!

How about "semi-automatic defense rifle?"

I am totally on-board with this one. Brilliant. I would start emailing the presidents of the manufacturers with the idea to start using the label in their marketing. You should get a freebie AR-15 out of it in appreciation.

Always go to the top. Research the email addresses and I for one will write a note. Shouldn't be hard to get traction on this.

Release the Sandy Hook video.

The Poisoning of Language ~Hayek

Hayek has a chapter in 'The Fatal Conceit: and the errors of socialism' called the Poisoning of Language where he shows how & why central planners degrade our language. Many terms are rendered to be the opposite of their original meaning, like 'liberal' and many are just rendered meaningless like 'society'. The goal is to render people without the ability to critically think or communicate effectively.

The central planners are using terms like 'assault' to invoke emotion out of those who have greatly lost the ability to rationalize.

Next time you hear a 'liberal' mention 'social justice' ask them to define it for you. If face to face you're likely to see their eye start twitching as they fight off a seizure. If online, you'll get the wiktionary definition.

The Fatal Conceit is a great book. He does a complete job of showing how Central Planning, leads to Central Authority, and ultimately Central Ownership. In a nutshell, the more a group centrally plans, the more they eff up, the more they tighten controls and people's behaviors, and the more they do that the worse it gets, but the planners can only blame the masses for not following their directions on time or effectively. And so they tighten their controls even more.

If you want to know what the

If you want to know what the consensus of where the propagandist term originated here you go.
Josh Sugarmann;

“Any man who thinks he can be happy and prosperous by letting the government take care of him better take a closer look at the American Indian.” ― Henry Ford.

I call them by the proper

I call them by the proper name: Semi-automatic rifle.

You do make a good point. Word connotations is a powerful thing that the media uses to manipulate us every day.

Basically anything with a negative connotation, even if fabricated should be avoided and a different word used instead:

Conspiracy Theorist---> Critial Thinking Citizen
Marijuana---> Cannabis
Assault Rifle---> Semi-Automatic Rifle
Tea Party---> Constitutional Conservative
GOP---> Neo-Conservative

We all share this eternally evolving present moment- The past and future only exist as inconsequential mental fabrications.


forgot one:

Terrorist---> non-subservient Citizen

Good one

I've been called both of those!

"It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere".

It's hard not to be a menace to society when half the population is happy on their knees. - unknown

Even drop the adjective completely.


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