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Journalists Guide to the AR-15

Any road to sound government policy must be paved with evidence. For rational decisions to be made, the road to policy must be built on the bedrock of fact. Otherwise, policy built on the quicksand of fantasy can never achieve its desired outcome. 

What is an “assault rifle?”

According to the lamestream media, it’s any black rifle in civilian hands. 

Civilian firearms are particularly heinous when their cosmetic exterior mimics the AR-15 or AK-47, even if they shoot .22LR calibre bullets and share no physical components with those rifles.

The media asserts police are the experts when it comes to firearms.Taking them at their word, we turn to acknowledged firearm expert David Brown. Brown is a firearms safety specialist and professional instructor. He works primarily with government agencies, law enforcement officers and military units on weapons handling, safety and marksmanship.


Brown is also the Tactical Firearms Editor for Blue Line Magazine , in which he defined “assault rifle” very differently than our anti-gun media outlets: 

“Police carbines are not military-style ‘assault rifles’ because they have no full-automatic capability.”

Brown’s statement aligns perfectly with the industry-standard definition of “assault rifle”:

  1. Capable of select fire, meaning it can alternate between full-automatic (single trigger press = multiple bullets fired) and semi-automatic (single trigger press = single bullet fired)
  2. Capable of accepting high-capacity magazines.
  3. Uses an intermediate rifle cartridge (defined broadly as any cartridge case with a capacity of 1.75–2.79 l including 5.56 NATO and 7.62×39 cartridges for the M-16/AR-15 and AK-47 respectively)

Brown’s definition makes it very clear the civilian AR-15 is a semi-automatic firearm. It is not an “assault rifle” because it cannot fire full-automatic. Magazines for the AR-15 are limited to 5 rounds for civilians, per Canadian law. There is no magazine size limit for Canadian law enforcement agencies.

The media accepts the Colt C8 Patrol Carbine is not an assault rifle, leaving us to ask why the exact same rifle, in civilian hands but minus a high capacity magazine, is absolutely, most definitely an “assault rifle?”

Oddly, the media insists police forces must be issued Colt C8 Patrol Carbines, but we must pass new laws to get those evil AR-15 “assault rifles” out of the hands of civilians. 

HELLO MEDIA: They’re exactly the SAME rifles.

The semi-automatic AR-15 functions identically to the law enforcement semi-automatic Colt Canada C8 rifle, and for good reason. Both are based off the same original design – US Colt Model 723 – more commonly referred to as the M4 Carbine. Only police have access to high-capacity magazines.

The media’s deliberately incorrect and biased definition suits the RCMP politicos just fine. The media’s bias against civilian-owned semi-automatic rifles could not be clearer if RCMP bureaucrats hand-crafted the statement themselves.

Like our right to own firearms, freedom of the press is a right that comes with responsibilities, specifically the responsibility to tell the truth. If the C8 Patrol Carbine is not an assault rifle, how can it magically turn into an “assault rifle” when owned by a civilian? 

An honest media would give you the honest answer that mere civilian ownership does not change a rifle from one category to another, but we rarely deal with an honest media.

“Nothing can now be believed which is seen in a newspaper. Truth itself becomes suspicious by being put into that polluted vehicle,” said Thomas Jefferson.

“If you don’t read the newspaper you are uninformed; if you do read the newspaper you are misinformed,” Mark Twain is often quoted, although the words cannot be attributed to him with certainty. 

Regardless of who said the words, they describe today’s lying, agenda-riddled media to perfection.







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