The AR-15 is not an assault rifle
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Gun control and gun rights are a hot topic today. Many of the Democratic presidential candidates support an assault weapons ban and single out the AR-15, which they label an assault rifle, as the main target of the ban. However, in my opinion, the AR-15 is not an assault rifle. My opponent is free to prove otherwise.
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The burden of proof will be shared by both debaters.
This debate is about whether or not the AR-15 is an assault rifle, not about whether or not it should be regulated or banned.
I am looking forward to a respectful and productive debate.
Experience in the early years of World War II demonstrated that modern combat was likely to take place at relatively short ranges, often in urban terrain, and that concentrated firepower was at least as desirable as long-range accuracy in a service rifle. One solution might have been to issue submachine guns more widely, but this would create a situation where a proportion of infantry would be powerless at ranges over 100m (328 ft). A single weapon, capable of accurate fire at reasonable range yet handy enough to be effective in close-quarters urban fighting, was desirable. The result was the weapon originally designated MP (machine-pistol)-44 but quickly renamed a 'storm rifle' - i.e. what would become known as an assault rifle.
The U.S. Army defines assault rifles as "short, compact, selective-fire weapons that fire a cartridge intermediate in power between submachine gun and rifle cartridges." In this strict definition, a firearm must have at least the following characteristics to be considered an assault rifle:
- It must be capable of selective fire.
- It must have an intermediate-power cartridge: more power than a pistol but less than a standard rifle or battle rifle, such as the 7.92×33mm Kurz, the 7.62x39mm and the 5.56x45mm NATO.
- Its ammunition must be supplied from a detachable box magazine.
- It must have an effective range of at least 300 metres (330 yards).
in conversational language an asualt rifle means soething a bit diiferent than the official defintion the offical defintion is a select fire military rifle that fires a militart cartrige
in coloqual use the term refers to the civlian semi automatic versions of the weapons
iN NEW ZELAND THEY HAVe FOUND a solution to this problem a brand new legal term Military-style semi-automatic firearms
Who cares what you call an AR 15 ? death machine? sporting rifle? it is what it is
this whole idea that its even important to quibble about what to call this deadly instrument makes me angry and a bit sick
I mean why are we wasting so much time arguing about what to call this thing its killing CHIlDREN AS WE SPEAK! https://www.axios.com/deadliest-mass-shootings-common-4211bafd-da85-41d4-b3b2-b51ff61e7c86.html
it doesnt matter what you cal them what matters is they kill people and no one should have one who isnt police or military
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My compelling feeling about this is who cares/ it is what it is, why get all worked up about what to call it ? you know why? its a red herring
the real issue you wish to divert frm is how dangerous and destructive this device is admit it, you deliberately divert from the real issue
theres the real issue...This isnt about what to call this thing it is what it is
because thats one argument you cant win!!!
This is refuted by your own source. According to the Axios article, there were 941 deaths in mass shootings. This article links to a study that shows an Excel sheet of the mass shootings in America from 1982-2019. I added up the number of deaths in which AR-15s were involved and got 139. That is 3.76 deaths per year, or one death every 97 days. Furthermore, that number is high because many of the shootings involved other weapons and the shooting responsible for the most deaths (Las Vegas concert shooting at 58 deaths) involved an AR-15 modified with a bump stock, changing how the weapon functioned, so it arguably would not count. Eliminating the Vegas shooting alone brings it to only 2.2 deaths per year or one death every 167 days. That is anything but "killing children as we speak." Of course, this relates only to mass shootings, not to gun homicides in general, but that is what you linked to.
what we call an assualt weapon will kill twice as many people as a normal hunting rifle
Also, the sources you link do not support your claim that an "assault weapon will kill twice as many people as a normal hunting rifle," so there is no reason to accept that claim as true until you provide a source.
This whole argument is irrelevant
who cares what you call this thing?
it kills and it kills twice as many people as a normal gun