Cue the special pleading for why THIS will be that ONE government admission in a court case that the Media(D) shouldn’t cite as gospel truth in 3… 2… 1…
Right after Parkland, everyone and their dog was trotting out the phrase ‘weapons of war’ in connection to the AR-15. It’s almost like they had an agenda of some kind.
For one thing, the news outlets consistently said the twisted punk who shot up Parkland used an AR-15.
NPR — to their credit — set the record straight. The gun used was similar in design, sure, but it was no Armalite Rifle.
And, no surprise here, CNN got called out for doing the same thing.
They’re wrong. Even the Government has admitted it in a court case.
It was the court case about the 3D printing of firearms. Our own Michael Cummings recently wrote about that case.
Short version first:
“In its settlement with Cody Wilson’s Defense Distributed the government admitted that semi-automatic firearms below .50 caliber are not weapons of war.” — Breitbart
Here is the more detailed version:
Wilson and SAF fought the suit on First Amendment grounds and secured a settlement with the State Department and the Department of Justice, the latter of which finalizes the settlement.
The amended regulations proposed in the settlement show the government will no longer look at semi-automatic firearms below .50 caliber as “military equipment” or weapons of war.
In offering a definition of “military equipment” the settlement says:
The phrase “Military Equipment” means (1) Drums and other magazines for firearms to 50 caliber (12.7 mm) inclusive with a capacity greater than 50 rounds, regardless of the jurisdiction of the firearm, and specially designed parts and components therefor; (2) Parts and components specifically designed for conversion of a semi-automatic firearm to a fully automatic firearm; (3) Accessories or attachments specifically designed to automatically stabilize aim (other than gun rests) or for automatic targeting, and specifically designed parts and components therefor.
Attorneys in the case expounded on the amended regulations by pointing out that the settlement “expressly acknowledges that non-automatic firearms up to .50 caliber widely available in retail outlets in the United States and abroad [a scope that includes AR-15 and other assault-style rifles], are not inherently military.”
Shall we expect any public retractions from any of those ‘real’ news outlets who intentionally manipulate their readers’ emotions by invoking language like ‘weapons of war’?
Will the Parkland ‘kids’ be correcting any of their public statements?
I wouldn’t count on it.
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