Let's talk about assault weapons and the President's attempts to modify existing gun laws. First of all, those weapons are used almost exclusively for target practice. They are rarely, if ever, used for hunting. Any hunter who uses those weapons for game would tear his target to shreds, making the hunt useless and ridiculous.
I have a close friend who is a shooter, and an excellent one at that. He tells me that assault weapons have a minimum kick, so they can be used pretty accurately. He's the one who told me that those weapons are primarily used for target practice, and he should know.
So, if they are used primarily for target practice, why is the NRA so virulently against their restriction. What are they afraid of? The President isn't trying to take existing weapons away from their owners. He's trying to make sure those weapons are not sold to criminals or to the insane.
Furthermore, to be afraid of the government taking over all weapons is ridiculous as well. We have the National Guard and the U. S. Military, who if I remember correctly, consists of us—and they (we) have access to those weapons in that fashion. So apparently, the gun lobby is afraid of us taking over our own country. Now that makes no sense at all.
Finally, why does the gun lobby and the NRA have so much power? They number about four million members and the rest of the country outnumbers them significantly, and most disagree with their position. So why do they exert so much influence, far out of balance with their numbers. That is a question which must be addressed soon and the situation changed immediately.