This can't be stressed enough, especially when debating with others in our country who are thoughtless and/or brainwashed. It sickens me when I hear the usual idiocy from the clueless:
"When the Second Amendment was written, there were no assault rifles!" -- So what? Those weapons exist now, and the police and military have plenty of them. That's why WE need them. How would the Revolutionary War have turned out if ONLY the Redcoats had had assault weapons?
"I support the Second Amendment, but no one needs high-capacity magazines." -- No, you don't support the Second Amendment if you think that way. If the police and military have high-cap mags, then everyone else needs them, too. Otherwise we might be at a disadvantage if we engage in firefights with them, should the people rise up against a tyrannical government.
"Those assault weapons have only one purpose: mass murder." -- Then why do the police have them? Why are there always exceptions for the police in assault weapons bans? Is that the job of the police in America -- to commit mass murder? Why is it "common sense" that individual citizens don't need large magazines but police do?
Yes, assault rifles are for wounding and killing. But wounding and killing are perfectly legitimate if done to prevent wrongful aggression -- or even to take vengeance for wrongful aggression -- by a well-armed foe. We gun owners need to stop trying to hide behind BS excuses for our weapons -- "this isn't a real assault rifle, since it's not full-auto"..."this gun is just for fun at the range"..."we're law-abiding sportsmen"...blah blah blah -- and explain to the "common-sense gun restrictions" crowd the REAL reason why it's crucial that Americans be armed with military-grade weapons. We have plenty of historical examples of totalitarianism to point to, including plenty of torture and mass murder by governments. "It can't happen here," the dummies say, but nearly everyone says that before totalitarianism descends. If the victims of past dictatorships had thought it would happen to them, no doubt they would have escaped before it did.