Here is the actual text, written in 1988, by Josh Sugarmann of the Violence Policy Center, outlining how they intended to manipulate the media and deceive the American public into confusing semi-auto handguns and rifles with machine guns, making it possible to ban them:
"Assault weapons--just like armor-piercing bullets, machine guns, and plastic firearms--are a new topic. The weapons' menacing looks, coupled with the public's confusion over fully automatic machine guns versus semi-automatic assault weapons--anything that looks like a machine gun is assumed to be a machine gun-- can only increase the chance of public support for restrictions on these weapons."
"Assault Weapons and Accessories in America"--Conclusion, Violence Policy Center Study
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