Words Have Meaning: Assault Rifles, Assault Weapons, & the roadblock to sensible debate

On too many issues today there is an inverse ratio between passion and knowledge. The more wrapped up people become in “their” issues, the dumber the debate tends to be. We’ve all become Red Sox or Yankees fans; my team is the greatest, your team sucks, you’re an idiot for liking them, and I won’t listen to any argument to the contrary. In sports, this feature isn’t merely a positive side-effect, but central to why we watch sports. Unfortunately, this has bled into how we view everything in society and our existence has been distilled down to sports fandom, and not the good kind (looking at you Philly and SEC fans).

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