The term "assault rifle" as commonly used In the USA certainly has a definition which exists in several codified statutes around the Country. It also has a common language definition which we all know or ( at least) should know. It doesn't make a darn bit of difference what the Germans said about the STG44 during the world wars and it doesn't really matter that some people do not agree with the AR, AK variants and similar semi-automatic rifles being referred to as "assault weapons/rifles". Personal sentiment aside, the fact of the matter is that in many places within this Country AR/AK variants as well as many other similar semi auto rifles are considered "assault weapons". Reality is sometimes a hard truth.