Very true. I had to explain to both my mother and my cousin the difference between semi auto and full auto.
They both were hung up on the 'military' look of the rifles, and how they couldn't possibly be used for hunting.
So, I brought out my WASR and my 91/30, and asked if they could identify the 'military' rifle.
Yup- they guessed it was the AK pattern European sporting rifle.
After I put the bayonet on the 91/30, then it became a 'military rifle' in their eyes.
Mind you, these are both college educated people. But they choose to listen to the mainstream press.