Democrats find them less threatening. Wood on a gun really seems to have a calming effect on them. They are deathly afraid of the black plastic uber powerful .22 caliber assault rifle ghost gun that shoots 1000 rounds a minute out of an infinite clip. Gun that won WW2? Meh, not scary.The mini-14 is for people who live in states where the AR is illegal to own.
I really, really wanted to embrace the m14 pattern rifles. But they just don't seem to have any practical advantages over the AR.