You may have noticed that I constantly refer to “assault” weapons in quotes like that or something similar. Why?
Because I refuse to use such a prejudiced term without at least indicating it’s inaccuracy. In a rather Orwellian way, manipulating language serves to manipulate thought. It frames the issue in a way that benefits one side.
A rose by any other name would smell as sweet, but would anyone still buy them if they had an offensive name? Would anyone want a bouquet of Hand Shredders? Would that still be considered romantic? Of course not.
This is true in fiction as well. See “Names to Run Away From Really Fast”
“Assault” weapons are functionally identical to any other semi-automatic firearm. The only differences are details like the shape of the grip, an adjustable shoulder stock, or other minor items. They throw the same bullets with the same velocity and same rapid fire.
Some day I’ll post some pictures compared “assault” and traditional firearms.