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Old April 19, 2013, 09:48 PM   #21
Tom Servo
Join Date: September 27, 2008
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Much like trying to explain that the bad, scary rifles you see on the average gun shop shelf are NOT Full Auto!
Actually, politicians routinely played that confusion in the leadup to the original AWB. Whenever they talked about "assault weapons," the news would cut to footage of a machine gun being fired.

From the horse's mouth:

The weapons' menacing looks, coupled with the public's confusion over fully automatic machine guns versus semi-automatic assault weapons—anything that looks like a machine gun is assumed to be a machine gun—can only increase the chance of public support for restrictions on these weapons.
Sometimes it’s nice not to destroy the world for a change.
--Randall Munroe
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