The point of all of this, is just to point out that this is not about saving lives, it's about grabbing guns from everyone. The "left" have been eyeing this for a long time, many would love for us to not have any guns at all, but don't know where to start.
The problem with the "assault weapons" is that it's just the start, next is semi auto, then pumps, then bolt actions, then single shots. It will not stop.
And no, for almost the entire population automatic rifles are illegal.
Also, the only real difference in these two weapons is the looks. I guess folks think that pistol grips and black finishes are extremely dangerous, and turn regular guns into weapons of mass destruction.
Automatic guns are not illegal in the US. There might be bans at the state levels, but they are not illegal by federal statute.
And if I understand what you are saying, you are making the argument that out of fear that there is a slippery slope of further gun control sometime in the future we should just do nothing.
Let me ask you this question, how did that slippery slope work out with the ban on certain assault weapons in the 90's?? Have you lost more guns since that ban? Has the government come after pumps or bolt actions since that happened nearly 20 years ago?
The "slippery slope" argument is and always has been, by and large, a complete bullshit fear mongering tactic. Not just in the gun argument, but in most all debates where people warn of the "slippery slopes". Kinda of like the "slippery slope" of gay marriage leading to an epidemic of bestiality and incest.
It is an argument designed to conjure up fear of an unknown.