I think they are going about the solution to this the wrong way.
Most of the people who own these type guns would be the first to step up and defend this nation if we were invaded. And they are now creating thousands of criminals out of these people.
I can see where they argue that the kid may not have been able to do as much damage if he hadn't had that assault rifle. It is capable of shooting more bullets in less time. However if I understand correctly, that rifle shoots bullets that are about like that of a .22 caliber. The pistols he had are much more powerful. Probaly would have only took one shot from the handguns to do as much damage as 3 or 4 shots from the rifle. Am I right? Like I said, I'm not sure about this.