Criminals are criminals for a reason...they think they are above the law. They are NOT lining up with smiles on their faces saying" absolutely...here is my gun". The people who respect guns are the ones getting screwed!
Because criminals aren't suppose to get assault weapons anyway because you're innocent until proven guilty and if you're a criminal then you were proven guilty. Why does a law abiding citizen need an assault weapon anyway unless it's to become a criminal.
This question was not well formulated. Laws are passed, those that break them are criminals, if you meant convicted felons then laws already exist to prevent them from owning firearms. The assault weapon ban will not pass the house, besides that there are some 20 million in circulation in the US today. You should save these questions and their spawned debates for the next mass homicide.
The ban is all inclusive.....it's not like they're saying criminals CAN have them......this whole issue is once again powered by FEAR.....and everyday they find a new thing for us to FEAR.....and scared people are easier to control.......and regardless of whatever law they try to make there will ALWAYS be a "black market" for these illegal items......like the "war on drugs", how good has that worked out??? And where there are drugs there is money, where there is money there is a need for protection, protection usually means guns.....it's a vicious circle.....and just like drugs the guns will still be available....and there are a lot of "law abiding citizens" that use drugs......
Becase they don't care they know it does not work what they care about is people that have a brain in there head and does not like tyrannical government the founding fathers put that amendment there for a good reason an armed population will not be taken over by a treat from the outside or more likely from the inside