Ok, so I've never owned a gun, shot a gun, or even held a gun. I did once had one pointed at me during a convenience store robbery, but that's the closest I've ever come to one. That said, I don't fear guns, despise them, or think they're the cause of all the violence in the world. So anyway, I was watching 60 minutes last night and they re-ran this story they did last season about the Assault Weapons ban that was put into place under Clinton, and how it was allowed to expire during the Bush administration. And that people are afraid that Obama will reinstate it, but that a lot of the Democrats who have now come into the house and senate are actually anti-gun control democrats. Now, the story on 60 minutes by and large focused on how the ban only dealt with "dangerous arms" like AK-47s and such that are used "only with intent to cause violence, by and large by dangerous criminals and drug gangs". That MAY be the case, but it's not like they provided any definitive proof of such. I've grown up in the northeast, in a culture that doesn't generally like guns. New York/New Jersey gun laws are very, very strict (as Plaxico Burress is finding out now). But I do understand that there is a significant portion of the country that likes its guns, and considers them to be a vital part of the basic freedoms guarenteed by the constitution. Finally, here's my question, from a guy who's legitamately ambivalent towards the whole issue: - Are you for/against the assault weapons ban? And why? - Does "assault weapons" really mean only stuff used by organized crime/drug cartels, like the 60 minutes piece suggests? - If you have an "assault weapon", what do you use it for?