I'm guessing you mean automatic assault weapons when you say
|That would not be my understanding of Assault weapon. one definition "firearms designed for rapidly firing at human targets from close range"|
Automatic weapons are already banned in the US... Which I agree with normal civilians don't need automatic weapons. But hunting rifles, pistols, and like ResidentBiscuit said semi-automatic assault rifles (Basically hunting rifles with a modernized look) they should not take away from law abiding civilians.
The reason I believe this is these three things, and I would like to say these are just my opinions and other people might feel differently.
1. Our civilians having guns actually plays a big role in national defense. One of the reasons why In WWII the Japanese had no interest in invading the American mainland was because as Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto said. "You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass.".
2. When you ban guns you just take them away from mostly law abiding citizens. Most criminals that are going to use a gun for a robbery, or a shooting won't go to a gun shop to register and buy one. They buy them on the streets so their name wont be linked to the crime if the gun is found. Yes I know there are instances of people using legally owned guns to commit crimes, but I'm sure these instances are in the low percentages.
3. This kind of fits in with number 2. Whenever you see these mass shooting on TV notice that most of them happen in buildings that ban guns from the premises. If there was a law abiding citizen that had a permit to carry around during these terrible moments they might have ended sooner , or turned out different. Not everyone that owns a gun is a gun nut, or loves to shoot things. For some people it just makes them feel safer.
Now I do believe we need more gun control to a extent. Like checking previous mental health records, or for drug abuse. But we don't need to ban guns! The gun itself is not a intelligent object, it doesn't shoot people. The person holding the gun shoots people, so instead of looking into banning guns. We should be looking into more regulation on who can get guns.