The gun-ban lobby understands that the confusion over what is and what is not an “assault weapon” only benefits them. The term was invented by Josh Sugarmann of the Violence Policy Center:
“The public’s confusion over fully-automatic machine guns versus semi-automatic assault weapons — anything that looks like a machine gun is presumed to be a machine gun — can only increase the chance of public support for restrictions on these weapons.”
The term “Assault Rifle” is simply an effort to deceive the public and promote the political agenda of people like Josh Sugarmann. Terms such as “high capacity magazine”, “cop killer bullets”, “gun nuts”, etc. are deceptive slogans of the Left to fool people into supporting their goals of destroying the freedom of ordinary citizens who present no harm to anyone.