The word ‘assault’ is getting old


Now I’ve heard it all. I was reading the “Warren man faces weapons charges” article in the Tribune when I came across the description of the gun the punk used. It was a “.45 caliber semi-automatic assault pistol.” Really, an assault pistol?

I am from a military family; I am a veteran; I’ve been shooting guns since I was 8 years old (I’m almost 50 now) and this is the first time I’ve heard a .45 called an “assault pistol.” I’d like to know how he came up with this. Did it have a folding stock? A bayonet lug or maybe a flash suppressor?

I can’t wait to read the next article. Will it be about the .177 caliber assault pellet gun or maybe the dreaded .62 caliber assault paintball gun? I joke, of course, but I’m really tired of the media putting the label “assault” on every gun that makes the news. Please get it right and quit exaggerating every time someone uses a gun. It was just a plain old .45 caliber pistol, which by the way has saved a lot of American lives over the years. Too bad this idiot used it for no good.

— Tom Turturice, Warren