Merriam-Webster online updates definition of ‘assault rifle’

Merriam-Webster online updates definition of ‘assault rifle’

[Ed. – Probably the most surreal thing: neither the new nor the old version says anything really meaningful, to either “assault” operations or decisions on public lawmaking.  Just to be accurate, we’re illustrating this with an M4, which has the virtue of indisputably being a military-issue, full-auto rifle.  In any case, the post makes interesting reading.]

Soon after the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary changed its definition of “assault rifle.”

The entry for “assault rifle,” which was updated March 31, 2018, reads as follows:

noun: any of various intermediate-range, magazine-fed military rifles (such as the AK-47) that can be set for automatic or semiautomatic fire; also a rifle that resembles a military assault rifle but is designed to allow only semiautomatic fire …

An Internet archive search shows the Merriam-Webster entry for “assault rifle” appears to be different now than it was before the shooting. A cached version of the same entry from June 13, 2016 has this definition:

noun:  any of various automatic or semiautomatic rifles with large capacity magazines designed for military use

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