All of the irritating NRA noise and threats aside, there is much that can be accomplished in the realm of sensible gun regulation that would not trample anyone’s “right” to bear arms - well, at least those of us without a mental diagnosis or a criminal background.
Second, who really needs automatic weapons? They certainly aren't necessary for hunting or "sport." Banning the sale and ownership of automatic weapons would not only make out police and law enforcement officials safer, it would also make the public infinitely more safe. Those who argue for the "right" to own automatic weapons often state a delusional fear of their own government, a view not born out by history or reality.