Originally posted by JS357
According to accounts, the Brits decided, based on their almost useless bomb-targeting capability, to go to area bombing at night (no need to even see a target other than city lights if you are carpet bombing) and justified it based on German attacks, basically buying the false rationale that civilian morale and loyalty could be destroyed by bombing them; and ...[text shortened]... s a good video for the history buff; it is not trying to sell an anti-gun agenda in the least.
I just read an article, can't place where which articulated the beginning of the nomenclature "assault rifle". The earliest of the genre, where the sub machine gun, used primarily as a trench clearing weapon in WWI. German grease gun, and American Tommy gun fit this.
Later AK47, and Stoner rifle appeared, which fired full auto, with smaller, lighter bullets than traditional battle rifles, which typically were longer ranged and fired heavier bullets. The Soviet block eventually followed the lead of the Americans with the AK 74, while maintaining the design of the AK47, it used a lighter, faster bullet.
The term assault rifle indicates use in the assault of a fortified position, which would require superior numbers, and the ability to lay down suppression fire to facilitate the advance.
The biggest difference between the true assault rifles, and the semi auto pretenders is that the barrels of the pretenders can't take the heat of extended rapid fire. Accuracy is rapidly degraded by an over heated barrel, and if firing is continued the next thing is catastrophic failure, that is a bullet gets stuck in the barrel, and the next shot blows the gun sky high, with often fatal results to the operator.
You conclude, "So in this sense,, the weapon’s capability defines how it will be employed. If there is no other limit on the use to which a weapon can be put, some percentage of the population who has access to it, will use it to the limit of its capability."
"In the current situation, massacres of unarmed civilians will be part of life."
Yet, the AK and AR15 platforms have been around for about 50 years, and the number of massacres are quite few, compared to the other violent use of guns, such as shotguns, hand guns, and small caliber weapons by professional hit men.
For some 25 years, I put on a holster with a .45 ACP pistol every day. It had a capacity of 15 rounds, and was never used to kill multiple people. It was never fired in anger or defense. It did on a number of occasions stop potential violence, and saved me from likely harm.
In recorded history, two nuclear devices have been detonated. In the years since, the horror of those detonations led to the MAD notion which seems to have prevented further detonations, and perhaps even prevented conventional wars.