I always heard "AR" stood for "Armalite Rifle" and now people are calling it assault rifle. am I wrong or are people making it sound worse than it is out of pure fear/ignorance?
Quite right, as with the AR-7 .22lr autoloader from the same stable initially. The term "Assault Rifle" was, I believe, first coined by Adolf Hitler upon being shown a new selective fire 7.92x33mm Kurz (Short) rifle, which he termed Sturmgewehr (Storm or Assault Rifle). It utilized a 30 round detatchable box magazine.i thought it stood simply for ARmalite.