Over at Armed and Safe, a diligent reader (and regular commenter here as well), Straightarrow, noticed something strange about the terminology used by the author of this particular when referring to utility rifles.
His realization was that, when the “journalist” was referring to utility rifles in the hands of “the average citizen”, they were “assault rifles” or “assault weapons”, but when carried by police, they magically transformed themselves into “patrol rifles”.
That prompted me to take another look at the bit of PSH from CBS news that we excoriated yesterday.
Well, they didn’t go quite so far as to changing the terminology completely, but I did discover this bit of interestingness*:
Yet in many departments there isn’t enough money to arm the entire force. Many beat cops have to buy their own rifle at a cost of more than $1,000, while assault rifles are being sold for as little as $200 on the street.
implying, of course, that the AR-15 rifles that police officers are buying are NOT assault rifles and are somehow less…threatening…than the imaginary AK-47s “on the street”.
To rehash 45superman’s line of reasoning: are they acknowledging that AR-15 rifles are NOT assault rifles? Can we then rest assured that they will be removed from the ban lists associated with “assault weapons ban” legislation?
I didn’t think so.
Does that mean, then, that they are acknowledging the fact that assigning motives to inanimate objects is inane and irrational? That any item capable of causing harm of any type can be used by the unscrupulous as an “assault weapon”? That any weapon is just as capable of being utilized as a “defense weapon” as an “assault weapon”?
Or are they just playing word games to keep from scaring the sheeple? Are they just playing on the emotions of the uninformed by using different terms in different situations to evoke a different reaction?
I’m guessing it’s the latter.
Nope. No bias here. Just move along folks.
*I sincerely thought I was making that word up, but when it didn’t pop on my spell checker I went to dictionary.com and looked it up. Sure enough:
1. engaging or exciting and holding the attention or curiosity: an interesting book.
2. arousing a feeling of interest: an interesting face.
3. in an interesting condition, (of a woman) pregnant.
What a let-down.