In 1989 Guns like the Uzi, and the AK-47 were outlawed from import. This did not curb violence. In fact, the State of California saw an increase over five years of 26%. In 2000 when California banned more guns, the murder rate by gun increased another 13% while the rest of the country saw little or no increases. The 1989 law only forbids the sell of Civilian assault rifles to law abiding citizens. It does nothing to combat the illegal sales, or thefts. Nor does in do anything for the fully automatic weapon, which by in large is too expensive for the average gun owner to afford. These guns have been heavily regulated since the National Firearms act of 1934. Laws such as the 1968 Gun Control act, and the 1986 Firearm Owners Protection act, affected the import and civilian ownership of fully automatic firearms. And latter the acts fully prohibited sales of any newly manufactured fully automatic guns to any not in law enforcement or to a Special occupational taxpayer dealer.
The misnomer about civilian assault rifles is that they are more powerful than hunting rifles. This is not true. A Civilian AK-47 has less power than a Winchester 30-30. All these civilian assault weapons are, are hunting rifles in disguise. They might look scary (or pretty to some), but they are not a fully automatic weapon. And they are not a terrorist weapon of choice as they are not powerful enough. It is military grade that they look for, not the civilian counterpart.
After the ban expired, the murder by gun rate dropped by 14%. Overall, the crime rates fell in the US. Other countries that have banned guns have also seen an increase in violent crime, in Britain and Australia crime nearly doubled, In Ireland crime rose 114%, in Jamaica by 42%.
The 2nd amendment has nothing to do with hunting, and everything to do with our security. Those of us that own civilian assault rifles are not anti-government nor do we belong to a terrorist organization and we are definitely not sending them down to Mexico. The drug cartels there acquired their guns from the federalises and the military who were supplied by the US Government. Only 17 percent of guns found at Mexican crime scenes have been traced to the U.S. A large percentage of the guns recovered are not sent back to the U.S. for tracing, because it is obvious from their markings that they do not come from the U.S. In truth there is a variety of sources for these guns, Asia, Russia, South America to name a few.
It is time that we start looking at the civilian assault rifle for what it truly is, a medium powered hunting rifle in a black casing.
Full disclosure: I do not own a civilian assualt rifle.