Semi-automatic weapons aren’t ‘assault rifles’

The Daily Herald published a letter on Nov. 24 from someone who made the argument that, since only single-fire weapons existed at the time the Second Amendment was ratified, then only such weapons should be allowed now. This thinking is very flawed.

At the time the Bill of Rights were being drafted, ordinary citizens could own rifles and muskets that were the state of the art. In fact, the weaponry possessed by the Americans during the Revolutionary War was superior in accuracy to the weapons issued to the British Army. The situation now is different, as ordinary Americans are not generally permitted to buy true assault weapons, rifles that are identical in function to the M-16 and M-4 rifles that are issued to the military and police agencies. An actual assault weapon has the capability of being fired in fully automatic mode — one trigger pull with multiple rounds being fired.

From the letter: “We have been looking at the problem of assault weapons from the wrong angle.” The weapons the writer is referring to are not “assault weapons,” as they are all semi-automatic and do not have selector switches to permit full automatic fire. No country on earth would issue to their military forces the kinds of weapons that are commonly available for sale here in the U.S.

Mark Parker

Snohomish

Talk to us

More in Opinion

toon
Editorial cartoons for Sunday, Feb. 5

A sketchy look at the news of the day.… Continue reading

Herald columnist Julie Muhlstein received this card, by mail at her Everett home, from the Texas-based neo-Nazi organization Patriot Front.  The mail came in June, a month after Muhlstein wrote about the group's fliers being posted at Everett Community College and in her neighborhood.  (Dan Bates / The Herald)





(Dan Bates / The Herald)
Editorial: Treat violent extremism as the disease it is

The state Attorney General urges a commission to study a public health response to domestic terrorism.

Demonstrators gather during a protest in Times Square on Saturday, Jan. 28, 2023, in New York, in response to the death of Tyre Nichols, who died after being beaten by Memphis police during a traffic stop. (AP Photo/Yuki Iwamura)
Comment: Special police units an invitation to abusive tactics

To crack down on street crime, Memphis and other cities allow officers to use excessive force.

Don’t dig hole any deeper; vote yes for Marysville schools

Apathy and lack of support has consequences. Misunderstandings and digging in heals… Continue reading

Herald bet on wrong horse with postal delivery

The post office delivery of The Herald is working for me. I… Continue reading

Your support helps Kitty Young Auxiliary aid county’s youths

On behalf of Kitty Young Auxiliary (a part of Assistance League of… Continue reading

toon
Editorial cartoons for Saturday, Feb. 4

A sketchy look at the news of the day.… Continue reading

Photo Courtesy The Boeing Co.
On September 30, 1968, the first 747-100 rolled out of Boeing's Everett factory.
Editorial: What Boeing workers built beyond the 747

More than 50 years of building jets leaves an economic and cultural legacy for the city and county.

Marysville School District Superintendent Zac Robbins, who took his role as head of the district last year, speaks during an event kicking off a pro-levy campaign heading into a February election on Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023, at the Marysville Historical Society Museum in Marysville, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Editorial: Voters have role in providing strong schools

A third levy failure for Marysville schools would cause even deeper cuts to what students are owed.

Most Read