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    that analysis was pretty accurate, the law lays out several categories of weapons that are considered weapons of mass destruction.   One doesn't have to name a pressure cooker as a bomb,  it isn't a bomb.  But what they left on the sidewalk to kill people was not a pressure cooker, it was a device known to be a bomb.   And the law could create an odd name for something and define its characteristics, and it would be what the law said, regardless of the common meaning of the word.   Same thing with words that the law finds to be terms of art, words that don't have their ordinary meanings in a specific industry or setting, and then the term of art is looked at with its own meaning, regardless of the common usage or the fact that average people might be confused.

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