My argument is addressed specifically towards assault weapons.<quoted text>
I agree with that. My question is: So?
The great majority of them are purchased because they are weapons. They're much more effective for self defense and self preservation than a bag of feathers is. Regulations are in place. There are hundreds (thousands?) of laws in place that deal with firearms whether federal, state or local. Prohibition didn't work with alcohol. It doesn't work with narcotics and it won't work with guns. Prohibition creates a black market and it makes citizens criminals. It never works.
In general, I have no problem with sport and target weapons.
Assault weapons are neither.
They are not accurate enough for serious competition shooting OR hunting, really.
They are not necessary for anything other than killing and the "cool" factor.