They really are playing with the numbers. According to them, only 5.5% of murders in the US are NOT gun related. The game is that they differentiate between murder and manslaughter, and DO NOT list the US manslaughter statistics.
Do we have assault cars?
Assault swimming pools?
Assault what ever you want to throw in there.....?
Yet we have assault rifles?
PLEASE! FOR THE LOVE OF ALL THAT'S SACRED, STOP USING THE TERM!
"Assault Rifle" is a specific term used by the military to indicate a specific type of weapon.
"Assault Weapon" is a specific term used by politicians and reporters to frighten ignorant people.
Granted "assault" is not an adjective. Niether is "railroad" an adjective. However, I will not use a "railroad crossing" without looking both ways.
In either case the word is used incorrectly.
Crossing of the railroad or weapon of assault would be proper.
Used correctly, virtualy anything could be construed as a weapon of assault.
It just irks me that those of us that deplore the usage of the term continue to use it. But then, I've never been known to be politically correct.
Never apologise for having an opinion. Nor, for voicing an opinion. If you hold to or form an opinion without fact to back it up, or continue to hold an opinion which has been proven false or harmful, THEN you should apologise.
I deplore the use of "assault weapon" and "assault rifle" interchangeably. Assault Rifle is a proper term for a particular item. Assault weapoon is an incorrect term and incorrect usage of the language. On that we agree.
Common usage often gets terms into use and thus into the dictionary and acceptance, when strict adherance to rules would forbid such terms. When I was a lad of about 8 years, and Dad owned, printed, edited and wrote much of the newspaper, he and I got into a discussion about the usage of a comma after the word "and." I won and changed his usage in the paper slightly by bringing out the argument that puncutation has two purposes. Punctuation is used to make a sentence or phrase more easily understood. Punctuation is also used to demonstrate to the reader how the sentence or phrase would be spoken. Any other use is uneccessary and can be confusing.