Governor Cuomo. About that “assault weapon” ban

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Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York and the Democrats in the New York legislature – with the help of some urban “Republicans” – passed a bill after a school shooting that was designed to keep New Yorkers safe from those evil “assault weapons.” That’s why they called it the “SAFE Act.”

The SAFE Act outlawed assault rifles, banned magazines that held more than seven rounds, and made felons out of millions of New York gun owners.

Those us who understand the 2nd Amendment and the basics of firearms understand what people like Cuomo and his ilk will never understand. An AR15 is simply a sporting rifle and the features that allow them to identify it as an “assault weapon” are nothing more than cosmetics.

Some New Yorkers are beginning to figure out that little detail.

NBC 4 New York notes that, despite the ban, “some critics say one part of the law – the assault rifle ban – is not effective because new models being made to comply with the law are almost entirely the same as those that were banned.”

Following the ban, manufacturers simply removed the cosmetic features that gun control advocates demonize most: “bayonet mounts, flash suppressors and telescoping stocks.” Additionally, “rifles cannot have a pistol grip.” Manufacturers then started legally selling the reconfigured AR-15s to New Yorkers.

And the guns without the flash suppressors and other features still fire 5.56 or .223 ammunition at the same velocity via the same semi-automatic mechanism they always had. This is because an AR-15 (or similar gun dubbed an “assault weapon”) is, at its base, just a semi-automatic rifle that the left has labeled as something more for decades.

We find it strange that Democrats would have such a fit over cosmetics…

But they do.

Democrats can’t win on facts, we all know that. What they do, and what we’ve allowed them to do for the last 40 plus years is redefine terms to their liking with the goal of misleading the American people. Well, at least those of us who haven’t been able to break free from the chains of a public school “education.”

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Michael Becker is a long time activist and a businessman. He's been involved in the pro-life movement since 1976 and has been counseling addicts and ministering to prison inmates since 1980. Becker is a Curmudgeon. He has decades of experience as an operations executive in turnaround situations and in mortgage banking. He blogs regularly at The Right Curmudgeon, The Minority Report, Wizbang, Unified Patriots and Joe for America. He lives in Phoenix and is almost always armed.

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