Time to rename semi-automatics
Since the media and government officials can't seem to figure out the difference between semi and fully automatic firearms, I submit the following.
Semi-automatic firearms shall hereafter be known as modern single shot firearms. This is due to the fact that a single shot is fired with each pull of the trigger. All manufacturers and retailers should immediately begin using the new nomenclature. Press releases should tout the responsibility of these businesses to stop selling assault rifles, and switching to the new, safe, public and police friendly firearms.
Never mind that the term 'single shot' actually refers to a whole different class of weapons. This is not important. We will refer to these firearms as 'classic' or 'antique' or 'primitive' or 'early' single shot weapons. Branding is the issue here. More than one PR nightmare has been solved by rebranding.
When the media or a politician talks about automatic weapons, we can say, "No, no, that's not what we have. We have sigle shot firearms. They are talking about weapons that were banned in 1986, 23 years ago!"