Time to ban assault-ban assault on sense, semantics

Jacob Sullum notes in his Wednesday Townhall.com column that there's one big problem with claiming the shootings in Alabama and Germany indicate the assault weapons ban should be restored.

"In truth," he writes, "neither of these guns is an assault rifle, which by definition is capable of firing automatically ... Gun control groups deliberately foster confusion between 'assault weapons,' an arbitrary category based mainly on appearances, and machine guns, which are already strictly regulated under federal law."

For more, go to: http://townhall.com/Columnists/JacobSullum/2009/03/18/the_gunman_and_the_gun_ban