Banning so called "assault rifles" will not stop killers like the one in Vegas or radical religieous freaks. I can walk into a local pharmacy and purchase a certain item over the counter and mix it with another item I can get off Ebay and make one heck of a bomb.
A large truck into that crowd at 60mph would have about the same effect as that killer with his rifles.
If you want to slow down the normal everyday shootings in our large cities, there is a way to do it that will drop the homicide rate to the basement. Only problem is the liberals in our country will not support it.
It is the old saying. "Use a gun, go to prison" that was tried in areas and proved to be effective. If you use a firearm in the commission of committing a felony crime, you get a mandatory sentence of 5 years in prison just for having a gun in your possesion while committing a shooting, rape, robbery or other felony crime. If you get 4 years for the robbery, at the completion of that 4 years, you must serve the 5 years on top of the years for the robbery. No probation, or parole can be granted for those 5 years.
Needeless to say the liberals are against it for having to build more prisons, being to harsh on a poor criminal that had a bad childhood, and too many minorties are being sentence to prison.
CA. has it for a while and it was proving to be effective until the county District Attorneys found the loop hole in the law that our law makers left there.
A judge could not grant probation or lighter sentence then the five years, the prison parole board could not grant parole on the 5 years, but the D.A. could throw out the gun possesion part and just try the suspect for the felony he committed. They plea bargain the gun possesion charge away to avoid jury trials and the suspect would plead guilty to the robbery knowing he would probably get a lighter sentence and be able to get a early out on parole.