"Where's the kaboom? There was supposed to be an earth-shattering kaboom?" –Marvin Martian

No, Mark, I believe I directly quoted what you said. The problem is your definition of “assault weapon” is both arbitrary and uninformed. I can take a rifle, change nothing about its functionality, change some cosmetic features, and now it’s an “assault weapon” by your definition. Meanwhile, the M1 Garand, which is an actual military weapon used to actually “assault” fortified positions, isn’t. (A rifle with selectable automatic fire is an “assault rifle,” which is a well-defined term.)

I believe the correct definition of “assault weapon” is “any weapon that people who fear guns believe civilians should not own.”

Meanwhile, I am dead serious when I say the government cannot be trusted with guns. The American government has far fewer armed agents than there are armed American civilians, and it has killed many, many more innocent people.