Originally Posted by Requiem
Most people in the media, politicians and John Q. Public don't actually know what "assault weapons" are or how to adequately classify firearms.
And what about the form? Don't go down conspiracy road here!
Look up the form. There is no conspiracizing. It's online. Go look and consider the information they want, why they want it, and how it can be abused.
There is a vague definition because there is no such thing. The definition has been morphed over the years from fully automatic combat rifles to something much, much less. We're now being told that semiautomatic rifles that can fire ~60 rounds per minute are assault rifles in spite of that actual military assault weapons can fire upwards of 6,000 rounds per minute.
The guns these illiterates are labeling assault weapons are half-assed peashooters in comparison to the real thing.