Some will say that any weapon can be an "assault weapon" but for the time being, the anti's want to keep this term and make sure it continues to refer to semi-automatic "ugly" rifles. They have had amazing success with this as is evident on gun websites.
And on Wikipedia, and throughout the courts, the media, and the minds of foolish American people. In fact, it was probably coined from the "AR" in AR-15, even though the AR really is simply the first two letters in ArmaLite.
This is useful, though, particularly as the semi-automatic AR-15 is designated as a "Semi-automatic rifle" under TYPE on Wikipedia, while the fully-automatic M-16 is designated as an "Assault rifle" under type. The question is: How do we leverage this into changing the minds of people that "assault rifle" does NOT include semi-automatic weapons? I submit we should take the same approach we took with respect to clarifying the media's scrambling of "semi-automatic" and "automatic."
I would even submit the mis-use of the term "assault rifle," further smeared by using "assault weapon" is an intentional attempt to get around the clarification between "semi-automatic" and "fully automatic." It allows them to to get legislators to outlaw all "assault weapons" then use the messed-up definitions on Wikipedia and elsewhere as court evidence to convince judges and juries they should apply to semi-autos.
1980: semi-auto vs fully auto
1990: semi-auto vs assault rifle
2000: semi-auto vs assault weapon
2010: revolver vs assault weapon
2020 (goal): Please note the following applies to handguns, rifles, and shotguns, except as otherwise noted:
- single-action: one pull of the trigger for each round fired; cock hammer/firing pin and trigger pull are two separate acts
- double-action (semi-auto): one pull of the trigger for each round fired
- double-action only: each and every pull of the trigger cocks the hammer and trips it; hammer returns to rest after firing
- single action/double action:
- pistols: first pull of the trigger (or pull of the charging lever) cocks the hammer and trips it; automatically recocked on first firing; subsequent pulls simply trip the hammer
- fully-automatic: one pull of the trigger for multiple rounds fired
- assault rifle/weapon: A Dem/Libtard/Brady term hacked up to confuse the issue, pull the wool over the eyes of the media and U.S. Justice System, and undermine the Constitutional Rights of the People of the United States of America
Or is this just too complicated for libtards, which is why they keep screwing it up and revert to using the term "assault weapon" for everything from an M240 machine gun to a slingshot to the tip of a finger i.e., if you touch a cop, "That's assault..."
I like the comment I saw about the battle rifle. Were you thinking of the AR-10?