Most members of the media have no clue what an "assault weapon" really is. Unfortunately, many law enforcement officers don't either. Of course, the anti-gun crowd don't want people to know the difference because then they couldn't have any influence on folks. If an individual doesn't want to own a firearm, that's fine with me. Just don't try to take mine unless you want to get shot.
It would be good if everyone could read the post of Storm13, who accurately describes differences.