“Weapons of war do not belong on our streets” was a quote from Barack Obama concerning the AR15 styled semi-automatic rifles so common in America. These rifles can carry 30rd (or higher) magazines, have a rapid rate of fire and can be reloaded in a heartbeat.
Let’s step back to the year 1776, muzzleloaders, or muskets as I believe they were called, were “weapons of war” in 1776. These muskets were the high-tech “badass” assault weapons of the 1700’s and without them being readily available to the citizens of the 13 British colonies then I’m afraid we might still be under British rule.
Assault weapons and their definitions change as technology changes. “Weapons of war” may be different than they were 200+ years ago but their place in our society has not. Weapons of war belong in every home, next to every couch and every bed, just as they did in 1776.