The news of the day:
“Banning assault rifles only scratches the surface.”
Fair enough, except:
Which is also fair enough, as I’m sure Malia Cohen et al are aware of all that. Except:
2. A handgun connected to a 10-round magazine isn’t an assault rifle (of course) and it’s not even an “assault weapon.”
And here’s a test. Would you, gentle reader, call the guns that most of the SFPD strap on every day assault weapons? I don’t think so. So like for instance, “the sergeant drew her assault weapon and pointed it at the suspect.” If you said something like that, I wouldn’t know what you were talking about. Most likely, you’d use the term pistol or handgun or revolver or something like that, right?
So that’s why calling an everyday, run-of-the-mill handgun an “assault weapon” isn’t the right thing to do.
You’ve gone beyond George Lakoff-style “framing” all the way to Orwellian.