Part of the problem with an “assault weapon” ban is illustrated by these photos.
The first gun is a hunting/target rifle – a good, respectable gun, right? (Unless you hate all guns equally.) The second gun is a bad assault weapon.
The problem is, the two rifles are the same gun – the Ruger 10/22 – accessorized differently. Their mechanics are identical; they could have rolled off the same assembly line next to each other.
The second gun was turned into an “assault weapon” with after-market accessories. It can’t kill any more people, any faster, …