An assault rifle is a military arm with no design goal other than efficient and rapid murder of multiple victims. Hey, if civilian ownership of such a specialised mass-murder tool is justifiable, and it’s OK to make money marketing them… then why not hand grenades? mines? RPGs? There is more than one kind of slippery slope… and imho we’re already too far down this one. The NRA of today is not even recognisable to anyone who knew it in the 50’s — when it was an org dedicated to safe and sane use of *sporting* arms, training young deer and fowl hunters in the manly art of not shooting self in foot (or buddy in back). If you’d talked to NRA members back then about the great future of mass-marketing full-auto assault weapons to the general public, they’d have thought you were, well… crazy.
Not that I’m all that keen on deer hunting, unless you eat prit’near every bite of what you shot… but let’s exercise a little common sense here. Buying a deer rifle indicates an inclination, plan, notion or at least a fantasy about killing a deer. Buying an AR15 indicates an inclination, plan, &c, about killing lots of human beings very quickly. It’s downright crazy that in N America you can no longer go out and buy a stick or two of kaboom to blow up a stump on your property (because “times have changed and there are dangerous Turrists around who might mis-use such things”), yet any unbalanced fantasist can purchase an assault weapon, no matter how many home-grown terrorists each year assault schools or crowds in public places.