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Limbaugh: The Term "Assault Rifle" Is A "Political Invention"

RUSH LIMBAUGH: Let's go through these gun terms just for the heck of it here, for what it might matter. "Assault weapon." "Assault rifle." There is no such thing. Go to a gun store and tell 'em you want an assault weapon, and the guy will look around and show you his entire inventory and say, "Pick one." But there is nothing -- no brand, no label -- that identifies the weapon as an assault rifle or assault weapon.

There's no such category.

It has been manufactured, invented, purely for political-agenda advancement reasons. The term "assault weapon" first began being used in the early 1990s by people opposed to the Second Amendment. There was legislation in 1994 that banned "assault weapons," and they had a definition. What they did was simply repeat a bunch of cosmetic features. They talked about single-action, dual-action triggers and so forth.


LIMBAUGH: It does fire multiple rounds with one pull. A semiautomatic weapon fires one bullet at a time and puts another bullet into the chamber. It's called an "assault rifle" to create the image that it is an instrument of mass death with one pull of a trigger. It's a political invention. The whole term "assault rifle" is a political invention. Semiautomatic and automatic weapons, really there's not much difference. One bullet at a time. You have to squeeze the trigger every time you want to fire a bullet.

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