You have to understand the left. They are slowly chiseling away our freedoms. The reason they want to curtail what they call "assault weapons" is there may come a day when they will face them once the silent majority has had enough taken from them. To be an "assault rifle" the weapon by definition must fire an intermediate power cartridge and have full automatic capability. The left has successfully hung the "assault rifle" name on a class of semi-automatic rifles that have features similar to service rifles to make them easier to outlaw by again tricking the electorate into believing the rifles they call "assault rifles" are military weapons.