Gun control advocates are going to miss their best opportunity for change in years if they don't get their acts together. Things such as the "assault weapons ban" are fairly pointless and the term assault weapons rarely and poorly defined. It can include things such as bayonet mounts, flash suppressors or other things of the sort which I don't remember being a real factor in the last few years worth of mass shootings. What it generally amounts to is little more than 'it looks scarey, make it go away'. That's not a basis for sound policy. The average so called assault weapon is little more than a rifle with decorative hardware and no more or less dangerous than any other rifle. The FBI document Expanded Homicide Data Table 11 offers some basic info on where our deaths are coming from over the last year with type of crime along the left side of the chart and type of weapon used in the homicide along the top. That should offer people a decent start for where we need to put our emphasis. And skip the stupid hammer crimes comments such as we've heard too much of on tv these days, the category is blunt objects and assuming every blunt object is a hammer is just as dumb as assuming the term 'assault weapons ban' is anything but an empty, feel good measure. What won't work is 'it looks scary so make it go away' legislation, what might be worth considering would be subjects such as limiting extended capacity clips, closing the purchasing loopholes such as at gun shows and with private sellers. As it stands now you can literally be on the terrorist watch list but walk into a gun show and buy any weapon you could get at a regular dealer but with no questions asked at the show. There's other things to consider as well. If this is a topic we're going to debate and legislate as a nation maybe we should also know what the fuck we're talking about as well.