I favored our previous ban on assault rifles and large clips for storing more than 10 bullets. I couldn't see the need. But a lot has happened since that ban expired. Namely Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Yemen and Syria. Let me take the latest one going on in Syria as an example. I think most people would feel sympathy for the Syrian people who are fighting and dying for a cause that they believe in against a dictator run government that is vastly better armed than the civilians. Would the civil war going on in that country be different if many of the citizenry were armed with assault rifles with large clips? I'm guessing things would be a lot different not only there but in the other countries that have already successfully overthrown their dictators.
"A free people ought not only to be armed and disciplined, but they should have sufficient arms and ammunition to maintain a status of independence from any who might attempt to abuse them, which would include their own government." - George Washington
Now here in the states, the common response from people on assault rifles and large clips is why anyone would need that many bullets or need to shoot that fast to hunt? If someone mentions perhaps that we need them in case we are overrun, people scoff and ask by whom? Well I am not psychic and can't answer that question but I do know that in our very short history, we have fought off attempts by the foreign countries to take over parts of our country, some more than once. Will something like that happen in these modern times? Hopefully not but I for sure don't want to be fighting for my piece of this planet with a small gun that only shoots a few bullets against someone with an assault rifle that contains dozens and wondering why I didn't think we needed them ourselves.
"Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety." - Benjamin Franklin
"To disarm the people is the most effectual way to enslave them." - George Mason
Saying that, I don't own an assault rifle nor any gun that holds more than ten bullets. It just doesn't fit with my current lifestyle and two young children exploring around the house. Even if that wasn't the case, I still probably wouldn't own either because the odds of an invasion are pretty slim in my lifetime and I would hope that I might have enough time to go out and get one before they reached this far inland. I seriously doubt that rural southeast Iowa are on any countries master plan for starting their takeover. In all reality, any takeover of our country will probably be preceded by a nuclear shelling making owning guns a moot point. But I have no problem with my neighbor buying an assault rifle should they be so inclined and have passed psychiatric and background checks to make sure he is a sane and honest chap. Perhaps he might let me stay in his basement if I misjudged any hostilities in this part of the world.
"I prefer dangerous freedom over peaceful slavery." - Thomas Jefferson
"The laws that forbid the carrying of arms are laws of such a nature. They disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes.... Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man." - Thomas Jefferson (quoting 18th century criminologist Cesare Beccaria)