The government should own all the assault rifles and should issue one each to every upstanding citizen over 21 years of age along with 10 magazines a sling and gear to carry them with. A semiautomatic handgun should also be issued and the government should sponsor free training in their use.
People should be able to have any weapon they want. There is an expression that says something to the effect of guns kill people like forks make people fat and garbage causes flies. As the saying goes guns don't kill people. People kill people. As long as someone does not have a history of criminal activity they should be allowed to own an assault weapon if they choose to do so.
It is our constitutional right to own a gun. The fact that one still needs to apply is ridiculous. If assut weapons are prohibited the average American citizen will be at a disadvantage. Not only will they have to fear the citizens who acquired these assault weapons illegally they will also have to deal with the authorities who have shown over the years to not be trusthworthy