Because for years, the AK47 was villanized as the weapon of Communist. It was the weapon that killed our troops. So if you want to bring and evil contempt towards guns you link them to something that in passing will be recognized as being bad with an already established revulsion.
The truth is that AK47 tend to not be as accurate as some other weapons, they are however durable and fun to shoot.
An AK-47 is a fully automatic military rifle fielded by most of the world. What they want to ban is NOT and AK-47. That we, the gun friendly community, called these semi-auto guns AK47's fuels the anti-gun crowd into thinking we're all out here running around with those fully auto guns they see in the newsreels. When are we going to STOP???? We don't call our M1A's M14's and we don't call our AR-15's M16's so why on earth do we call the MADDI, SAR-1, WASR's & others AK47?????
There are no "assault weapons" in my house. They're all "homeland defense weapons"