the term "Assault Weapon" is just a news profit making tool. Note that all the automatic rifles you guys are talking about are the really fun and pretty-much-impossible-to-obtain-unless-you-are-wealthy "assault weapons". The AR-15's and AK-47 style guns are just fun toys. They aren't much good for hunting nor are they much better at home defense, generally speaking a .270 bolt action will out shoot any semi-auto rifle for hunting and a shotgun is best for home defense. Most murderers use handguns, not AR-15's. Any semi-auto, even a 10/22, you can't get 10rds touching on the target in rapid fire mode. My dad ran a M60 .30 cal machine gun in the Army. Not much fun I guess hauling that SOB all around creation for practice so he doesn't have any interest in them today. . So why do they want the ban, because to paraphrase George Carlin IT'S TO MAKE WHITE PEOPLE FEEL SAFE.