Are there other names for assault rifles besides assault rifles?
In the wake of the Sandy Hook shooting, pundits are talking a lot about guns. Are American gun laws too lax? Do we have a culture that glorifies violence? Should certain weapons be kept out of the hands of the public?
Other names for assault rifles include “tactical rifles” and “modern sporting rifles.” Both are euphemisms.
I usually avoid political topics in RedLine blog posts. But there is a language element to the debate over guns. And it makes all the difference. (The same could be said about other politically charged topics, from abortion to immigration. Less controversial is euphemistic language in technology.)
Gun-control advocate Tom Diaz was recently interviewed on “Fresh Air” with Terry Gross. In the interview, he talked about a few other names for assault rifles. (Diaz is a former NRA member and the son of an Army officer. He is now an outspoken advocate for gun control at the federal level.)