Semantics is his way of deflecting the issue. Makes him feel right and in his mind shows the speaker is wrong about everything they say.
Assault: a physical attack
Weapon: a thing designed or used for inflicting bodily harm or physical damage
So, by that definition, all rifles are assault rifles. Nice try, junior.
The monicker “assault rifle” was coined by the mainstream media to encompass all black scary looking rifles. Just because you can put attachments on picatinny rails doesn’t make it any more powerful than any other semi-auto rifle that accepts a magazine. You can put lipstick on a pig, but it’s still just a pig.
The fact that people in here still refer to it as an assault rifle just shows that they have no basic understanding of firearms. Nothing worse than someone arguing about something they know nothing about.