Assault weapons are designed to kill as many people as possible. They are not suitable for target shooting, skeet shooting, blood sports such as deer hunting, or personal protection. Thus, the only reasons for owning one would seem to be for mass murder or insurrection against government.

Given these premises, there is no reason not to ban assault weapons, The second amendment is not absolute, and the authors surely did not anticipate the awesome firepower of today’s weaponry. Machine guns were banned decades ago, and there is little difference in the killing capacity of assault weapons, especially with extended magazines, or modified to simulate a machine gun’s firing speed.