Originally Posted By rtech:
Josh Sugarmann coined "Assault Weapon" to divide and conquer among the gun crowd in 1989 or so. Most people don't know the difference anyway, nor do they care.
Gun sellers were using that term in early 80s in Shotgun News. Also the Gun Digest of Assault Weapons also used it prior to him.
Interesting article - http://reason.com/blog/2013/01/17/the-new-york-times-which-uncritically-re