Originally Posted by robocop10mm
ps: The term "assault rifle" means a selective fire, shoulder mounted, man portable, air cooled, magazine fed weapon that fires an intermediate rifle cartridge. The M-16 is an assault rifle. The AR-15 is NOT an assault rifle.
To the OP on the lecture of the "assault rifle"... We don't care for that term much.
During the ban-hype of the pre-internet 80's that we were trying to fight, "Assault Guns/Assault Rifles" were the wicked terms the anti-gun media and politicians used to paint ALL OF US semi-auto owners as Patrick Purdey types ready to explode. It wasn't true then or now.
Sadly, too many "gun capialist whores" delighted in their full-page spreads in SGN touting their selection of assault rifles, so we had no ally even among our own ranks. The 89 ban hit and the rest is history.
Now any shooting of any kind anywhere in the USA is by an "AK" or a "semi-auto assault weapon", regardless.
Example; there were two shootings here in PGH this past week; in one the media made sure to state it was an AK, and in the other shooting the reporter explicitly stated it was an "M4, an AR-15 like the US troops carry" in Affcrackassitan.