Originally Posted by Hobbit712
Hmmmmm........I don't really feel brainwashed.
Cannot I not assault something with this rifle?
Hobbit, it is a matter of negative connotations around the the qualifying adjective, assault. Much like 'sniper'.
If I make a forward advance on a fortified position with a broom handle, it could be considered an assault weapon. If you kill a hog with a AR, it is a hunting weapon. If you spent so much on it that you won't get it dirty, it is a collector weapon. Furthermore, if an AR is used to commit murder...it is a murder weapon. Blanket associations of firearms with any potentially nefarious suggestion of intended use has fallen out of conversational acceptance for most.