Gun control advocates love the line that “nobody needs an assault weapon for self-defense” or “no one needs a clip with more than seven rounds.” The best answer to these arguments is that if someone feels no need for a so-called assault weapon, then that person should feel no obligation whatever to get one.
But in America, we don’t get to make such decisions for our neighbors. If you’re worried about the guy next door getting an assault weapon, would you really be significantly less worried if he got a shotgun or pistol? What makes any gun dangerous isn’t the way it operates but the person who’s using it. That’s why the only sensible gun control involves blocking certain people from getting any guns at all, rather than blocking law-abiding citizens and good neighbors from getting certain types of guns.