Originally Posted by Quentin
Cnynrat, again just to make it crystal, I said the above because I've seen FTF moderators and adminstrators get nervous in the past when the subject starts leaning toward "how do I make an assault rifle" or "what does my AR need to be an assault rifle". I know this because I got a gentle "reprimand" from a moderator a while back for innocently answering such a question in too much detail.
People not in the know use the term incorrectly and people with an agenda use it for that agenda. We gunowners should be smart enough to avoid using terms or doing anything to advance the gun grabbers' agenda. If this seems over cautious please reread the original topic.
Fair enough, that's a reasonable concern.
I think the way to address it is to be crystal clear about what is legal and what isn't, and be very clear we are not doing anything other than insisting that people operate within existing laws. Since the laws relating to "assault rifles" vary from one state to the next, the subject really requires specificity, not generalizations.
Perhaps to your point, there used to be a move around here to use the term "sport utility rifle" to refer to semi-automatic rifles in the AR/AK type platforms. It's a good term IMO that presents a more positive image to the non-gun owner population. Don't know if that's still of interest because I've not spent much time here for a while, but if it is perhaps we should be encouraging newcomers to use that term if our objective is to present the right image.