By Kurt Hoffman
Those who make their living demonizing so-called “assault weapons,” as “weapons of war, with no place in our neighborhoods,” face a number of serious logic problems in making their case.
High up on the list of those logic problems is the fact that they very often defend the possession and use (“in our neighborhoods”) of these very same “weapons of war” by the police. One way they try to deal with that difficulty is to give identical firearms a much more benign sounding name, when in the hands of the “Only Ones.”
We’ve talked about this before:
What makes this editorial special is the slick rhetorical gymnastics displayed in this sentence:
“Understandably, officers in more South Florida police agencies have been arming themselves — at their own expense — with patrol rifles to be on more even footing with criminals — particularly gangs — they encounter.”
Get that? An AR-15, for example, that in the hands of “the guy across the street” is an “assault weapon,” magically morphs into the much more benign-sounding “patrol rifle” when in the hands of a cop.
Read the rest of Kurt’s analysis here.