Assault Rifle Challenge

This was my Facebook post this morning:

Terror in Sydney! Hostages! **Assault Rifle!** Okay, so, here’s my challenge for the day. Would any of my pro-gun friends care to help me explain to my anti-gun and gun-agnostic friends why the phrase “assault rifle” is problematic? Here’s the catch: you’ve got to explain it in a way that doesn’t insult people who are not stupid and who are always willing to learn something useful if it’s not draped in condescension. Ready? Go! 🙂

Any takers here? I can tell you as a relatively recent convert I certainly had a eureka moment when it was explained to me.