I 100000000000000% agree that assault weapons shouldn't be available to everyone. War weapons shouldn't be available to the general public either (although I don't see anything wrong with certain people having access to them*).
*In some countries you have to belong to a gun club or something to that affect for a year and go there at least X# of times, get signed off from an officer at the gun club that you went, and shot a weapon. Some even make you provide proof of mental health, and that own a lockable safe for your gun. If someone wants to stock up in case of some crazy unrealistic danger, and they prove that they are mentally stable enough and capable enough to treat the equipment with respect, and are trained, and registered and all that, I see no harm in it.
But, again, I agree that me being able to walk into a local gun shop and get an AK-47 a week later is pretty dumb. I had 2 very close friends (one was pregnant) gunned down by a jealous ex boyfriend with an AK-47. I remember both of their memorial services. I remember how awful it was.
John Manuel Marquis is serving a double life sentence for murdering Steve and Blossom.
Here is the kicker. She was scared and called me first. I was sick, and she was pregnant so she didn't want me there to make her sick, so she called Steve. I would have been the one dead had I not had a cold.
John was a psyco who had access to an AK-47. But if he couldn't buy that, he probably would have bought something else with the same end result.
My friend Adam, not long after that, became depressed. He also knew Steve and Blossom. Maybe this had something do do with his depression and maybe it didn't. Anyways, he walked into WalMart one night and walked out with a shotgun. He drove over to the mall and sat in his car and blew his brains out.
John could have bought a shotgun instead and had the same result.
This is not just some off the cuff discussion I am having with you guys, and I don't take this lightly. I love being an American, I really do. Some things piss me off about our "government" but in the end, there is amazing opportunity here. I wouldn't trade living here for anywhere else. And a major reason I love it here is because of the freedoms I enjoy.
And I will always want to protect my freedoms and the freedoms of my children. Always.