I am an avid hunter, and myself own many guns and generally favor less gun control. I do not however feel like citizens should not be able to own automatic weapons, because they have not purpose except for the killing of a lot of humans at a very fast rate.
I think that gun control should keep people from owning and obtaining automatic weapons. There is no real reason to have an automatic weapon unless you mean it for harm. If you want a weapon for self defense get a handgun, if you need something for hunting get a rifle.
George W. Bush let the ban on automatic weapons lapse during his administration and there is no doubt he was paid for letting this happen since he had the control to continue it. I do not believe we need automatic weapons and I think the ban should have been continued.
Gun control should not prohibit the ownership of automatic weapons because they are still covered by the government under the right to keep and bear arms. Unless this law is specifically changed, then automatic weapons should not be prohibited. The government should simply come up with more effective ways of making sure they don't land in the wrong hands.
No, gun control should not prohibit the ownership of automatic weapons, because that is too much restriction on a Second Amendment right. Gun control should only be done on a very limited basis. There is no good, compelling reason to ban automatic weapons. People who misuse them should pay the price, but the rest can have them.