VPC Study Explains Assault
Weapons' Spray-Fire Design
Bullet Hoses Documents
History of Assault Weapons, Shows That Widely Available Civilian Assault
Weapons Incorporate Specific Military Design Features for "Laying Down
a High Volume of Fire Over a Wide Killing Zone"
Violence Policy Center (VPC) today released a new study, Bullet
Hoses: Semiautomatic Assault Weapons�What Are They? What's So Bad About
Them? The study traces the design history of assault weapons from
the 1944 Nazi Sturmgewehr (STG) 44�the first assault weapon�to the current
Bushmaster XM-15, the assault rifle used last year by the Washington,
DC-area snipers. Bullet Hoses shows how civilian semiautomatic
assault weapons�like the AK-47, UZI, and TEC-9�incorporate the major design
features that were specifically developed by the military for laying down
a high volume of fire over a wide killing zone, often called "hosing down"
demolishes the National Rifle Association's phony argument that AK-47
and UZI civilian assault weapons are just like grandpa's semiautomatic
hunting rifle," said study author Tom Diaz, VPC senior policy analyst.
"It also shreds the unregulated gun industry's pretense that there is
no such thing as a civilian assault weapon and documents how the industry
has in fact cynically exploited the deadly design features of civilian
assault weapons�like the TEC-DC9 and Hi-Point Carbine used at Columbine
High School in 1999�to sell these killing machines and boost its profits."
documents 10 key points about why semiautomatic assault weapons are too
deadly for civilian use, using firearms references widely hailed by gun
enthusiasts as authoritative sources as well as documents from the gun
industry itself. The study also explains how the current federal assault
weapons ban�scheduled to "sunset" or automatically expire on September
13, 2004�fails to capture the most deadly design features and thus needs
to be strengthened. The unregulated gun industry has successfully circumvented
the current law, designing and marketing assault weapons like the Bushmaster
XM-15 that incorporate slight cosmetic modifications to evade the ban,
while keeping the principal features that make deadly "spray-firing" easy.
The Violence Policy Center is a
national non-profit educational foundation that conducts research on violence
in America and works to develop violence-reduction policies and proposals.
The Center examines the role of firearms in America, conducts research
on firearms violence, and explores new ways to decrease firearm-related
death and injury.
Thursday, May 22, 2003
Violence Policy Center