I'm not only for an assault weapons ban I think all weapons should be licensed, numbered and controlled. You should be able to prove a need and basic competence. Kids are being killed every day by guns left casually in the home. Stress and abuse of spouses is magnified by guns in the home and depression often turns into instant suicide when guns are in the home.
I have a right to live in a civil society and not be threatened by people who clearly don't have the temperament or the training to own deadly weapons, particularly deadly weapons that can have catastrophic and instantaneous impact on the lives of my family or neighbors in a flash.
Just because isn't a reason we can't have rational regulation, including licensing and reasonable liability, background checks and limited clips. The right to bear arms is not an unlimited right to own any kind of weapon for any reason. Guns provide defense but they also are a tool to provide intimidation, end debate, and enforce your will on others. It is a tool that can both protect life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness and take it away when used for its brutal purpose by those untrained or lacking the temperament to carry deadly force.
Statistics on crime tend to be very much tied to demographics. Our society is aging but that is not a permanent condition. Since neither one of us is a statistician and the Gun lobby has done a great job of making sure no good data is available I don’t think any statistical argument is very good at the moment. By the end of the day you can be sure lives will be ended by gun violence in this country and the slaughter will continue…