As you read this, ask yourself if, perhaps, these differences sound substantial, but are simply cosmetic and are used in legislation to make a particular legal measure sound significant when it is - at best - feeble and ineffective.
How "Semi" is a Semi-Automatic?
To highlight a particularly inane difference - that being the difference between "semi-automatic" and "automatic weapons", we've added two videos below that show two different types of "semi-automatic" weapon.
These videos give very graphic illustrations about how lethal these are, and that the distinction between “semi-automatic” and “automatic” is really superficial.
It’s the difference between a victim being killed and mutilated and being killed and vaporized.
The two different weapons are a Sig Sauer MCX, which is a weapon used in the PULSE Nightclub Massacre, and AR-15, which is one of the weapons used at Sandy Hook.
It seems that gun culture – like all sub-cultures – is thick with jargon.
You’ll note that the guy in the Sig Sauer video uses all kinds of fancy, gun-culture lingo to titillate his comrades-in-arms. Also, it appears that these weapons – like automobiles – are “customizable”. They are modular and the end-user can replace the stock, the grip, even the barrel, etc.
Rapid Fire with High Capacity Magazines
These videos also give an indication about how quickly high capacity magazines can be changed and why they should be banned.
It illustrates a basic talking point: If a configuration of equipment and ammunition kills people, and kills them with bullets, and kills them in large numbers and kills them quickly, it needs to be regulated.
Ultimately, - after watching these videos – one understands fully that these weapons are both highly effective, stunningly light-weight, high-powered, rifles which, even in their “semi-automatic” state can fire over 100 rounds of ammunition, from numerous magazines, in no time at all without jamming.