as·sault and bat·ter·y
the crime of threatening a person together with the act of making physical contact with them.
make a physical attack on.
a physical attack.
“his imprisonment for an assault on the film director”
synonyms: battery, violence; More
a rapid-fire, magazine-fed automatic rifle designed for infantry use.
The origin of the term has been attributed to legislators, gun control groups, the media, and the firearms industry itself. It is sometimes conflated with the term “assault rifle”, which refers to selective-fire military rifles that can fire in automatic and / or burst mode.
The legal term, “assault and battery”, is the legal basis for the term, “assault”, which essentially means to provoke someone and “battery” is the actual contact. But the legal concept seems wrong and people have “adjusted” the original noun for a different noun supplemented by a verb.
The same thing happened with “assault rifle”. And assault rifle is used in combat and is fully automatic unlike civilian “assault rifles” which are single shot; one shot, one pull of the trigger.
In the “adjusted” version of the noun, “. . . . the term assault weapon refers primarily to semi-automatic rifles, pistols, and shotguns that are able to accept detachable magazines and possess one or more other features.”
That is a political term, not a legal one though written into law. There are many political agendas written into law which may be why so many people are disgusted with the law and the way it seeks to entrap people.
“If a reasonable person finds something wrong, then it is wrong and to be corrected in concert with others through statute or trial in the simplest manner possible with awareness of the spirit of the law.”
But I diverge . . . . what are termed “assault rifles” in the civilian world, can only be termed such because they can assault another person. But that opens a can of worms as any rifle is an assault rifle. The term can be extended any weapon that can inflict harm on another whether it is deadly or not. A pistol, a knife, and umbrella . . . . and as with the original term, badmouthing someone, which is becoming an increasing issue of college campuses with students insisting on no bad language that diminishes them, like calling someone a dork.
The term assault rifle was started my soldier wannabes and picked up by the gun industry because it sounds “sexy” and sold rifles to people. Then anti-gun people picked up on it because it made those rifles sound more menacing and suited their agenda. But in all this the real problem is ignored – people.
Since the end of WWII, every generation has tried to make life easier for the next so that the next generation wouldn’t have to suffer as their parents did, and it has worked – too well. It has gotten to the point where the most recent generation feels entitled to whatever they want and not subject to punishment; free to do as they wish.
That could be handled if it was just one generation, but the attitude is contagious. It becomes, “if they can do it, so can I”. In providing a better life for our kids, a lot of parents failed their kids and forgot to teach them reasonable behavior based on ethics and morality. But ethics and morality are so boring and limiting, so why should our kids be stuck with outdated rules like we were?
And teachers, being parents and of the same mind, spread that throughout the education system and now we have thin-skinned kids wanting special treatment they don’t deserve and haven’t earned.
To paraphrase Bill Clinton, “it’s the people, stupid”. Teach ethics and morality and enforce it equally and gun violence will be much less a problem though it won’t go away because psychopaths will still exist.
And for those that want to twist my points and say it’s just religion, remember this, the teaching of ethics and morals pre-dated religion and are the basis of philosophy since ancient times. Religion hijacked the concepts to enhance their power as the final arbitrators of responsible behavior. The attack on religion nowadays by liberals is not about improving the lives of people. It is about assuming the mantle of final moral authority to dictate people’s lives . . . . and they do that by ignoring cause (people) and concentrating on effect (guns).