Come on Michael. Fully automatic firearms have been heavily regulated since 1934. New ones have not been available for sale to the public since 1986. The 1994 Assault Weapons Ban did not ban much of anything. All it did was stop the sale of firearms with "scary" looking features such as a bayonet lug, folding/adjustable stocks, pistol grips and new "high capacity" magazines. It did not and could not be retroactive so all "high capacity" magazines that were in circulation were perfectly legal.
The drum magazine that the shooter in Aurora was what caused his firearm to jam and thus slowed his ability to do more damage.
There are over 20,000 firearms laws on the books. Columbine High School, Virginia Tech and the Theatre in Aurora had complete bans on firearms. On the other side, New Life Church in Colorado Springs allowed concealed carry in their Church. When a shooter came to call, one of those people stopped the shooter before he could do any damage. The only person that died that day was the criminal.
It's shocking that someone intent on killing people disregarded those signs. Do people really expect a person that is intent on violating the most sacred right of all, the right to life, is going to stop because of a sign or a statute?
If a person is to dangerous to own a firearm they either need to be locked up in an jail or an institution or have a chaperone.
After listening to Michael Moore, Chuck Schumer, Mayor Bloomberg and other dictatorial types, I decided to conduct an experiment. I took all my firearms and ammuniton and put them on tables. I told them that if they would just be bad, that the sensationalist media would make them famous. They could get their pictures on television for 24 hours or more. The firearms illeterate reporters would misidentify them as deadly, dangerous assault weapons, thus boosing the ego of the fiearms. Alas, they just set there and didn't move. I thought maybe they were shy so I hid in the other room for an hour. Surely this would give them the courage they needed to go out and commit mass carnage. It wasn't to be though. After the hour I came back to the tables and to my amasment, not a single fiearm or round of ammunition had move even a fraction of an inch.
More people are killed by automobiles and medical mistakes each year than are killed by firearms. Firearms are way down on the list. More children are killed by swimming pools and abusive parents than by firearms. Again, firearms are way down on the list. On the other hand, firearms are used to prevent crime around two and a half million times each year. Would you have these crimes succeed?