Learning the terminology of firearms isn't a trivial thing. Otherwise you won't know if you're advocating banning and confiscating tens of millions of guns, hundreds of millions of guns, or advocating a ban on guns that are already banned. Those aren't small differences.— Stephen Gutowski (@StephenGutowski) February 23, 2018
Assault rifles are fully-automatic guns and new sales of them to civilians has been banned since 1986.— Stephen Gutowski (@StephenGutowski) February 23, 2018
Assault weapons are semi-automatic guns and there are likely tens of millions of them in civilian hands.
Semi-automatic firearms likely make up a large majority of all guns.
Using these terms interchangeably makes discussing firearms policy nearly impossible.— Stephen Gutowski (@StephenGutowski) February 23, 2018
I've shared this a number of times before but here is a resource I've developed for reporters on the basics of firearms law and function https://t.co/Ha2LlqTzD7— Stephen Gutowski (@StephenGutowski) February 23, 2018
Other related misconceptions: AR ≠ Assault Rifle; AR15s ≠ fully automatic rifles; AR15s are mechanically identical to your granddad’s semiautomatic hunting rifle; Assault Rifles/Weapons are not well defined. I agree: knowing the terms is important to the discussion.— Matt Crawford (@crawf) February 23, 2018
Agree with @secupp on this: When we talk about why conservative Americans distrust the media--why our credibility is so damaged--gun reporting is a crucial part of that story.— Lois Beckett (@loisbeckett) February 23, 2018