Pursuing an AWB (class of semi-automatic rifle) is a surefire way to destroy good gun control legislation. While I tend to side with Obama policies, this is a perfect example of how incredibly stupid and inept Obama can be. The evidence is perfectly clear, almost all rampage shootings were cause by emotionally and mentally troubled people. Would an "Assault Weapon Ban" have stopped the Aurora and Newtown shooters? No. In both horrific attacks, the shooter also had hand guns and shotguns and used one or other. Remeber the Columbine tragedy was accomplished with handguns and shotguns. The data is unfortunately incomplete, but Wikipedia says Ratio of Handgun vs Rifle (which includes "Assault Weapons") murders is 17:1. Since Assault weapons could be (pure gestimate) 1/10th of that, the ratios is more like 170:1, or 0.59% of all murders by semi-auto rifle firearm. Also research of the AWB act of 1994 did not prove the law decreased crime, or even provided enough data to make a determination. IOW, it was so rare to begin with and so rare during, the professors could not produce a scientifically supported studies (more then one). Obama's continued support for an AWB makes it much, Much, easier for opponents to rally support and undermine the broader gun control measures. Obama is giving the NRA and others a bull horn on a silver platter to shout him down. What a moron. Mental Heath Screening will by far the do most good, catch most of the people and prevent them from getting a gun. Has strong bipartisan support. Background checks and Straw Laws are good, will make it much harder for criminals to get, but mentally ill from getting guns MUST have the MHS (above) to be effective. Gun safety education. This is something even the NRA likes. Gather more statistical evidence on gun injuries (all types)? Information is good to make better policy (although some say invasion of privicy) Registration? In invasion of Privacy issues, however Safety Qualifications for perspective gun owners may be good. Magazine limits? Tens of millions of magazines over 10 exist, many handguns (9mm for instance) can load over 10 rounds. A ban on 11+ magazines will make millions of Americans "criminals", and very likely unconstitutional. Likely dead. The strategy Obama should be taking is clear, but his continued insistence to go after an AWB proposals even fellow Democrats say is dead makes it obvious he is trying to get a feather in his cap. Instead he is further dividing America and undermining good laws. For the record, while I legally can own a firearm, but do not have one.