A.K.A flying off into a pedantic rage.
Words mean something.
Using the wrong word changes the whole meaning.
When someone corrects you, don't double down and declare victory because "lots of other people are wrong too!" The whole herd being wrong doesn't make it right; it makes it tragic and sad.
Shelley Rae is simply wrong, but like Charlie Sheen; she thinks she's right and she's winning. Sad.
Assault rifles are select fire. That means there's a lever or switch that allows the user to choose between semi-automatic and some form of automatic fire (full auto or bursts). It's part of the very definition! Select-fire, detachable box magazine, intermediate cartridge.
Assault weapon is a term that the anti-gun people latched onto in order to scare people about semi-auto guns that look like select-fire guns.
Caleb's "defense" that, "'Assault rifle' is the term for these guns with the mainstream public," doesn't work.
By gently correcting and explaining the difference in the terms people are starting to understand that an M16 is not the same thing as an AR-15. EDIT: The explanation also shows them how dishonest the anti-gunners are about this. To give in to their terminology eliminates the opportunity to inform.
The response from Gun Nuts Media has been a petulant, "we know we're wrong but we don't care." It makes me wonder what else they've been wrong about. Can I trust their recommendations? Is what they're saying actually true or is it just their uninformed bias? When they say 9x19 do they mean 9x18? When they say .380 ACP did they really mean .38 ACP? Surely those are the same thing; right? Or is getting that right being pedantic?
Pedantic is how people get when they talk to people who respond like children. They use small words because they don't think you can understand big ones after making such an elementary error.
You got caught being wrong and insulted the people trying to let you know.
Respect and contempt are earned, plus you can trade one for another.
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