which deaths have been prevented by guns in the hands of law abiding citizens (excluding police)? i'm not 'the anti-gun crowd,' i am the anti-assault weapon crowd. you don't need an assault weapon to protect yourself. you DO need an assault weapon if you want to kill a whole bunch of people at a school. your point that would be mass-killers would find something else misses a major point. If Adam Lanza walked into Sandy Hook Elementary wielding a machete, how many kids would he have been able to kill?