The article on "assault" rifles in the New York Times brings up the question of why, really, are the Democrats trying to ban them. Clubs and hammers kill more people annually than all types of rifles, so it has nothing to do with crime. I can only surmise that they want to take from the the public the weapons most effective in repelling unconstitutional assaults by police and federal agencies. The weapons best at assaulting a position are also best at defending one. Hitler did not ban small handguns because they were no threat to his troops with rifles and machine guns.