GeekWithA.45 links to an aricle written by prolific firearms issue commentator Dave Kopel.
In his article appropriately entitled Bait-'n'-Switch, Dave takes an in depth look at the history of the AWB. He provides much more detail than I have, but he has written many of the same points that I have addressed in the last week or two.
If you haven't believed me, possibly it will mean more coming from him, especially for those that are familiar with the name Kopel.
To quote Geek; As always, an important and cogent read