A rose by any other name … but a rose isn’t used to kill large numbers of people. I found the argument presented here the other day that the AR-15 was not an assault rifle laughable.
While it is true the AR designation was for ArmaLite, the original manufacturer, the weapon was designed originally as a military rifle when it was given the AR moniker. The weapon was always intended as a military weapon but due to low sales was converted to civilian use.
Indeed, it is because of the military association that has made the AR-15 assault rifle attractive to a specific customer.