I wrote a bit back about how the characteristics used to classify firearms as 'assault weapons" doesn't make a lot of sense to me. This blog has gone a step farther, and really illustrated the point using the Ruger Mini-14 rifle. Some variants are classified as assault weapons others aren't. That doesn't make any sense at all!
It's all semantics anyway. When even the best police take 5 minutes to show up, and most take 20 minutes or more, the tool chosen by a killer doesn't matter. A madman can shoot dozens of people in a minute, or kill even more with a bomb in a split second. Legislating objects to stop madmen is silly.