The high profile crimes are the squeaky wheel that gets the oil. Don't get me wrong, Sandy Hook, Aurora, Columbine were horrible crimes, but the statistics of the overall view of gun homicides, the Assault weapons are very low down the list of threats. It has just become a political chess game, with Fienstien wanting to hit a home run in her liberal San Francisco population where her constituents are from.
Of all the gun deaths in the country each year, 2/3rds were intentional suicide, mostly by handgun. Hand gun is the overwhelming gun of choice in most homicides, and only a small number is caused by rifles, and assault weapons are rifles. The Washington DC sniper, Kennedy assassination, Texas tower, all were high power rifles with scopes, just like millions of hunters use for deer hunting. Millions of hunters hunt birds with shotguns and they all fall under the rifle statistics, which are listed as "Other". The number 2 weapon of homicides below handguns, is Knifes. Far more in numbers than rifles.
Another driving force in all these murders is the age groups of those killing people. The vast majority are in age groups from 14-24 years old, and the vast majority are gangs.
Yes we have some deranged psychotic killers, who have some sort of serious problems. Those are the shooters at Sandy Hook and similar mass murders. They have their own profile and pattern that has to be addressed.
However everyday, these 14-24 year olds are involved with gangs and drugs, and crimes against all of us to support it. They are shooting people over gang colors, graffiti, tagging, drug deals gone bad, and gang territory fights. Thousands of deaths have occurred from this group of individuals, and this kind of social delema.
Taking the assault weapons away from all of us, who can not get a cop if you need one, tell me you have obliterated Home invasion robbery, and drive by shootings, and that no gangs exist anymore. I may get shot someday in the mall by a deranged Sandy Hook kind of lunatic, but everyday I have to worry about what we see everyday, that is 100 times more of a threat.