It's interesting that the government is going after rifles first. Pistols are the weapon of choice for criminals, who find their smallness advantageous for concealment, surprise and maneuverability. Pistols are more suited to the close-up work that a robber does, and for that reason they're also better for defense against robbers. Rifles, on the other hand, are more suited for fighting soldiers, since they are precise over long distances, giving a sniper a chance to shoot and scoot. By demonizing rifles, the government signals its intention to become such that citizens might have good reason to shoot at its troops, that it plans to become tyranny, a dictatorship, of the very kind the 2nd Amendment was written to empower citizens to resist.