All of the naysayers that claimed for years that Obama wasn't after our guns should be shutting up now. Of course after saying we need a "assault weapons" ban,, he segued right into the call to do away with "cheap handguns". So not only does he want our AR's and AK's, he wants to do away with the only means of defense that a lot of poor people have. Not everyone can afford a $1000 Sig or 1911.
He jumped on this Bradyite bandwagon because Romney brought up Fast and Furious. There is nothing that will spoil a good debate like pointing out the criminal activity of your administration. Obama thought it might be better to be vilified for calling for a ban than to have his administration and his AG exposed as criminals. Between him and the alleged moderator, they got F&F buried pretty quick.
Of course he blamed the "cheap" handguns for the crime in Chicago. They never once think it might be the fault of the criminals. People have been killing each other ever since there have been people. If someone is intent on doing harm, they will find a way.
Obama probably has no clue what a "assault weapon" is.
"Assault Weapon" is a term made up by gun hater Josh Sugarman to scare people that don't know better.
"Assault weapons—just like armor-piercing bullets, machine guns, and plastic firearms—are a new topic. The weapons' menacing looks, coupled with the public's confusion over fully automatic machine guns versus semi-automatic assault weapons—anything that looks like a machine gun is assumed to be a machine gun—can only increase the chance of public support for restrictions on these weapons. In addition, few people can envision a practical use for these weapons."
-Josh Sugarmann, Assault Weapons and Accessories in America, 1988
The Bradyites count on most people not knowing the difference between a civilian AR-15 and a military assault rifle like the M-16. Because they look the same they use simple misdirection. Even though the function of the military arm is different.
It's going to be interesting to see how much of a slide Obama takes in the polls after his statement. Of course all of the panty wetting gun haters will be squirming with orgasmic delight. They say the truth will set you free. Let's set Obama free on the 6th.