I first heard Obama use the phrase “military grade weapons” back in August when announcing to the public that he would sign new Executive Actions (formerly known as Executive Orders) banning the future import of M1 Garands, M1 Carbines and other U.S. military surplus firearms and placing heavier restrictions on NFA trusts.
While at the Bullpup shoot this past weekend, I was chatting with Michael Kassnar of IWI about the emergence of this new buzz word on the political stage. He warned that gun grabbers in both politics and the media were adopting this new terminology to expand the scope of firearms it covered well past that of the popular phrase “assault weapons”. When I returned home I did a quick Google search, and sure enough, I found several references in recent news stories.
The same weekend I had this discussion with Michael a shooting in Chicago claimed 13 victims, however no fatalities were reported. News reports from local media said that a “military-grade assault rifle” was the culprit. Chicago top cop Garry McCarthy said at a press conference that “a military-grade weapon on the streets of Chicago is simply unacceptable”.
A September 6th news report out of New York talked about a group of police officers who were selling “military-grade” firearms to Filipino buyers. Included in the news report was an image of a suspect holding two semi-auto PS90 carbines. Another image showed a semi-automatic AR15 with a 16″ barrel lying in the back hatch of a SUV with the caption, “The arsenal included a semiautomatic rifle capable of firing bullets through airplanes, a body-armor piercing semiautomatic pistol and another rifle developed for special-ops forces.”
Firing bullets through airplanes? Really? I wonder why the author of the article didn’t mention it could shoot through hospitals, churches, schools and daycare centers too… There’s nothing like a hearty dose of sensationalism to galvanize the lemmings into supporting your anti-gun agenda.
Obama didn’t coin the phrase though, it seems to have been used by the media in the past. This report from October 28th, 2012 uses the phrase “military-grade” to describe everything from rifles to knives.
I expect to see more gun-grabbers in politics and in the media adopt this terminology to push their agendas forward. The phase “military-grade” expands the scope of the weapons it covers to include most any firearm, and even knives. A cap and ball revolver can be described as a “military-grade” weapon. A fixed blade knife can be described as a “military-grade weapon” too. Heck, militaries have used .22 rifles in training before thus making the ominous .22 caliber bolt action rifle a “military-grade weapon”.
When Obama sold the ban on repatriating WWII surplus firearms such as the M1 Garand to the public, he did so by describing them as “military-grade weapons”. This likely conjured-up images of the dreaded AK47 in the minds of the masses who would applaud the Presidents gun-grab thinking it would keep their streets safe. But the reality is, gangs don’t use M1 Garands or M1 Carbines. As a matter of fact, back in 2000 the ATF released an unpublished report to Time Magazine that detailed the top 10 guns used in crimes.
1. Smith and Wesson .38 revolver
2. Ruger 9 mm semiautomatic
3. Lorcin Engineering .380 semiautomatic
4. Raven Arms .25 semiautomatic
5. Mossberg 12 gauge shotgun
6. Smith and Wesson 9mm semiautomatic
7. Smith and Wesson .357 revolver
8. Bryco Arms 9mm semiautomatic
9. Bryco Arms .380 semiautomatic
10. Davis Industries .380 semiautomatic
I don’t see M1 Garands, M1 Carbines or even AR15′s or AK47′s listed. How could that be? According to the President “military-grade weapons” are the scourge of the nation and must be heavily regulated — yet they’re almost never used in crime.
Over the years gun-grabbers have tried to demonize all firearms and their owners through the use of carefully chosen words and phrases. When new phrases such as “military-grade weapons” emerge, you can bet your next paycheck some gun-grabbing focus group came up with it and soon every anti-gun politician and media outlet will adopt its use. It’s up to us to counter their efforts by educating the public by casting a light of truth on their shadowy plans to undermine our Constitutional rights.