I wish Mr. Shapiro had not allowed Pier's use of the term "assault rifle". An assault rifle, by its very definition, is fully automatic. The weapons they are talking about are semi-automatic rifles, nothing more, and nothing less. We should never allow our opponents to use inaccurate words to attack our position.
If a semi-automatic rifle in .223 caliber is classified as an "assault rifle", what does that make the Ruger .22 semi-auto, or the Marlin .22, or the Remington? It's just the camel trying to get his nose under the tent.