People are constantly correcting others over the use of the term, "assault rifle" or "assault weapon". I think some of them are desperately trying to make themselves look more knowledgeable than they really are. It's nothing more than an annoying word game. They are making way too big of a deal out of this trying to prove a point. The point is, it's starting to make them look silly.
Their big argument is that a rifle cannot "assault". They say assault is verb, not a noun. OK, fair enough, I get it. However, when you carried that rifle onto the beach at Normandy to conduct the assault of the enemy thereon, did your rifle not become the tool to facilitate that assault? An assault rifle, so to speak? And not just semi-automatics. Your bolt-action rifle became an assault rifle at that point.
Golf club is a noun. It's used for golfing, that's why they call it that. Do you know what they use a cutting board for? Yep, it facilitates the cutting of meat and potatoes. How about punching bag? Anyone want to hazard a guess as to what those are used for? You got it! Punching! This noun's only job is to hang there and let you punch it. How about fishing pole? And so it is with the assault weapon.
Oh, and guess what a "hunting" rifle is used for. Hunting, is a verb. How can that be?
One last thing before I go, the AR in AR-15 does NOT stand for assault rifle as the lamestream media would have you believe. It stands for Armalite Rifle, the original manufacturer of the weapon.