Bre Payton of the Federalist highlights how the online dictionary modified the entry for “assault rifle” with the following definition:
“noun: any of various intermediate-range, magazine-fed military rifles (such as the AK-47) that can be set for automatic or semiautomatic fire; also : a rifle that resembles a military assault rifle but is designed to allow only semiautomatic fire”
Curiously, an earlier version of the same entry from June 13, 2016 only included the traditionally accepted definition of assault rifle:
“noun: any of various automatic or semiautomatic rifles with large capacity magazines designed for military use”
After the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in February, the pro-gun control crowd has had a field day exploiting this tragedy. Part of their revived push for gun control consists of advancing bans and restrictions on so-called “assault weapons” like the much maligned AR-15.
A whipping boy for gun control advocates, the AR-15 and its cosmetic features generate polarizing emotions among the general populace. Add a little bit of fearmongering and sprinkle in some ambiguous political language, and you have the recipe for a national disinformation campaign.