We really don't need high capacity rapid fire rifles and pistols to protect ourselves.
A pump shotgun is very capable.
we didn't need the same kind of weaponry that militarys used until we needed them to fight a tyrannical government (1776). they also came in handy during WW2 (it is believed japan did not try to invade due to how well armed the civilian population was). guns are not just about protecting us from criminals. we should be also taking note that all the mass shooting are taking place in "gun free" zones where they know one one will be able to protect themselves
I do concur that common sense initiatives should be considered, My qualms in this instance is a broad sweeping interpretation of ones mental state. Granted I truly don't know how there will not be mistakes with this "legislation" and once you are required to surrender your legally purchased firearms; even if there is a mistake it will be almost impossible to get them back.
I own an M4, its what I carried in the Army and I like to shoot it. I have no claims that this is my personal defense weapon. I just like it... I will also concede that I cannot justify why I have it besides that fact that I am an avid shooting sports type of guy who likes things that go boom...
Lastly although not a great point; if someone is determined to obtain a weapon to commit crimes; they will find that weapon regardless of any gun control measures enacted. Furthermore, if they cant do it with a gun they will find another way.
It has always been my understanding that our founding fathers were of the opinion that we needed the right to bear arms in case we were ever to feel like we needed to overthrow our government.