This one makes me chuckle:
First up, Why the hell not? Anti-gun people will call the pictured rifle an “Assault Rifle” or “Assault Weapon” simply because that best suited their agenda and had nothing to do with facts or reason.
Also people call their guns all sorts of things. They call them “Patrol Rifles”, “Defensive Rifles/carbines”, “Home defense guns”, “Evil Black Rifles”, “Go-To Gun”, “Hunting Rifle”, “Pest Control Rifle”, “Riot Gun”, etc.
Hell if somebody kicks down your door and enters your home, and you put a few .223 rounds into their center of Mass while your family calls 911 from a safe location, you COULD call it a “Protection Rifle”, but your probably won’t, because it doesn’t roll off the tongue like many of those above names do.
So my response is: “Sure they can, thanks for playing!”