I am a gun owner. I own two rifles. They are both single-shot rifles. One is a hunting rifle although I use it for predator protection. The other is a .22 rifle for plinking down at the local range.
I do not own a semi-automatic rifle of any description, which means either a semi-automatic hunting rifle or an assault rifle like an AK-47 or an AR-15, the weapon of choice in American massacres.
It's hard to keep track of what weapons are legal in Canada and what are prohibited. Mine are what are called "non-restricted" firearms. As a general rule, handguns and some military-type weapons are deemed "restricted" which imposes stricter conditions on storage, transporation and actual use. Then there are the fully-automatic, machine gun variety of weapons and they're "prohibited" firearms. You can't get a licence for those and, let's hope, you never will.
I recently spent several hours exploring America's assault-rifle gun culture by visiting just some of a vast number of bulletin-board sites and watching web videos. There is a huge (self-described) AR-15 "community." Behind them stands an even larger industrial complex that manufactures a variety of AR-15 knock offs and a vast array of accessories. People buy these things and then they spend a bundle on after-market accessories to customize them. Custom grips, custom sights, custom optical sights, lasers and lights, custom magazines, custom stocks and flash suppressors, muzzle brakes, bipods, even custom triggers. And then they post a video on YouTube to show off their stuff. Here's a young guy with his Bushmaster, the make of gun used to kill those kids at Sandy Hook.
What is most chilling is when you listen to them talk about their "A.R.s" There's a level of dark fantasy that runs through their monologues. Talk about going "tactical" with their assault-rifle. Discussion about how suitable one component or another is to CQB conditions. "CQB" means close quarter battle. These are living, breathing Gun Nuts. They possess highly-lethal weapons designed for one purpose, killing people, and they fantasize about wielding their weapons in some sort of Armageddon scenario from the galley kitchen in their 400-sq. ft. basement apartment.
Obama has his work cut out for him. He's dealing not simply with a gun control issue but a gun control issue attached to a serious, mental health issue. And he's going up against this guy and all the types who see him, not Obama, as their true leader.