Why is this thing legal?

Civilian ownership of tanks is illegal. So is ownership of rocket-propelled grenade launchers. Ditto fully automatic rifles. Why is this damned thing legal? The high-capacity semi-automatic rifle, a.k.a. "assault weapon." It has no legitimate civilian purpose. Its only purpose is to kill large numbers of people quickly, without requiring much skill or thought. It performed that function in Newtown, Connecticut on Friday. http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/guns-used-in-conn-shooting-inflict-devastating-wounds/2012/12...


It seems so

and any movement forward would be welcome. That said, I see this as part of a long, long journey away from the dark side, one that will certainly not be settled in our lifetimes.

Our nation arms the world, receiving trillions of dollars in blood money for the evil we export. The idea that a god might somehow smile upon our exceptional nation would be comical were it not so shockingly sad.