As it turns out, it wasn't an "assault weapon" at all! We can stop worrying about a new "Assault Weapon" ban, because the killer used a machine gun! Since machine guns are already incredibly regulated - no new machine guns can legally be sold to civilians, etc. - there's no need for further regulation.
How do I know it was a machine gun?
President Obama told me so.
Now, over the next couple of months, we’ve got a couple of issues: gun control. (Applause.) I just came from Denver, where the issue of gun violence is something that has haunted families for way too long, and it is possible for us to create common-sense gun safety measures that respect the traditions of gun ownership in this country and hunters and sportsmen, but also make sure that we don’t have another 20 children in a classroom gunned down by a semiautomatic weapon -- by a fully automatic weapon in that case, sadly.Emphasis mine. That is a direct quote from an official White House press release there, folks. (and yes, I have a screenshot saved). President Obama claimed that a fully automatic weapon was used in the Newtown, CT shooting. Now, I haven't heard anything about the AR-15 used by the killer being a "fully automatic" weapon. None of the reports mention machine gun fire; none of the (very sparse) reports list the gun as having been illegally converted - or a transferable machine gun worth thousands of dollars.
So, there's a big question here: Is Obama lying, or is he seriously that misinformed? Neither option is terribly appealing - he's either lying through his teeth about the nature of the weapons he's looking to ban, or he knows about as much about firearms as Diana DeGette and her disposable magazines. In neither case do I want laws passed based on this man's word. He is either woefully ignorant about how a semi-automatic rifle functions, or he's deliberately lying in much the same way that the antis lied in 1994 to get the first "Assault Weapons" ban passed.
I hate to say it, but I think Obama's lying here. I think he knows the difference between semi-automatic and fully automatic - I mean, Obama is an accomplished shotgunner, right? - and he's trying the old trick of bait-and-switch with machine gun vs. semi-auto. It fits in with all the "weapons of war" talk, too - doesn't that sound scarier than "no functionally different than the .22LR they use in the Boy Scouts"? If, in fact, the President of the United States is this grossly ignorant about the items he wants to ban, then perhaps he shouldn't be as zealous to ban them without knowing what they're all about.
Or is it more likely that it's about control, not about guns at all, and they don't care what lies they have to spew to get their ill-conceived and unconstitutional laws passed?
That is all.