Would a name other than AR change things?
AR. This abbreviation can stand for various things depending on who you ask. It can stand for Assault Rifle, or Automatic Rifle. In both cases, the "A" is what frightens many gun-haters across the world. Lety's examine the "A".
-as·sault [uh-sawlt] noun
1. a sudden, violent attack; onslaught: an assault on tradition.
2. Law. an unlawful physical attack upon another; an attempt or offer to do violence to another, with or without battery, as by holding a stone or club in a threatening manner.
3. Military . the stage of close combat in an attack.
-au·to·mat·ic [aw-tuh-mat-ik] adjective
1. having the capability of starting, operating, moving, etc., independently: an automatic sprinkler system; an automatic car wash.
2. Physiology . occurring independently of volition, as certain muscular actions; involuntary.
3. done unconsciously or from force of habit; mechanical: an automatic application of the brakes.
4. occurring spontaneously: automatic enthusiasm.
5. (of a firearm, pistol, etc.) utilizing the recoil or part of the force of the explosive to eject the spent cartridge shell, introduce a new cartridge, cock the arm, and fire it repeatedly.
In one case, we have a rifle that is used in a sudden, unlawful, violent attack on someone. In the other case, we have a rifle that has the capability of operating on its own, involuntarily, spontaneously and repeatedly. If you did not know anything about a firearm, either of these terms would scare the crap out of you and, of course, influence your opinions on whether or not these types of weapons are suitable for the general public. This could be a major part of the fear in this country.
Now, let's pretend they had been called by a different name. Let's call them SDRs, or, Self Defense Rifles.
self [self] plural selves, adjective, pronoun, plural selves, verb.
1. a person or thing referred to with respect to complete individuality: one's own self.
2. a person's nature, character, etc.: his better self.
3. personal interest.
de·fense [dih-fens or especially for 7, 9, dee-fens] noun, verb, de·fensed, de·fens·ing.
1. resistance against attack; protection: Two more regiments are needed for the defense of the city.
2. something that defends, as a fortification, physical or mental quality, or medication: This fort was once the main defense of the island.
Wow! On one hand we have a weapon used to assault or attack, and the other hand we have a weapon used to defend one's self against such an attack..for protection. But they are one in the same.
I wonder if a gun by any other name, would still be the same.