GOP tries for minority rule through Guns and Gerrymandering. They will fail.
There seem to be two groups very much against assault weapons for the public: Mayors Against Guns and Police Chiefs Against Guns. They, more than most, know what they are talking about and the threat to all of us. I see no reason for assault weapons (and clips), or not to have complete, universal background checks and trafficking laws. The exceptions are the military and police which are here to protect us all.
The NRA's claim that the general public and private militias need to be armed on a par with the police is dangerous and revolutionary, on a par with the the fascist takeover in Italy in 1922, when democracy disappeared in that country.
The gerry-rigged House of Representatives is controlled to a large degree by the NRA. Also, there is an attempt to replace the priority of the federal system, with governors and state legislators. The next major battle in that battle will likely be in Virginia in 2013. Attempted minority rule and voter suppression in the face of rapidly changing demographics, and the rise of women in business and law will not survive.
The fears of the Founders were well justified. The first line of defense against an invading force would be the people, and most law enforcement was handled by the people, with sheriffs only incarcerating criminals after they were caught. Most importantly, as indicated when Benjamin Franklin said, "a republic, if you can keep it", the founders were well aware that the historical ends of democracies were tyrannies.
The Founders realized that the electorate might lose interest in politics, becoming uninformed or misled by corrupt journalists, no longer knowing or caring that politicians abuse their offices; or even worse, demanding that politicians abuse their offices. They foresaw that government might steal from the rich and give to the poor, and be rewarded with reelection; that the mayor of a city might dictate how much of something a person could drink, and be applauded for it by his city council; that a president might attempt to undermine the Second Amendment by fabricating a gun running crisis, and receive a pass from Congress; that elected leaders in Congress might advocate for the President to dictate and make unilateral appropriations; that the Supreme Court might declare that the Court does not exist to protect the people from the consequences of their elections; and that States and local municipalities might create specially armed and professional forces, organized under their executives, that look like armies (but somehow aren't), to impose their dictates enforce the law.
The reason we have guns is to fight against armies, possibly our own, to protect our life, liberty and property from thieves, that might even be our own government. Why would politicians attempt to take away arms and surround themselves with armies of guards? To protect themselves against the crazy people, who have no fear for their lives and usually make it through, or to protect themselves against the sane people, who hope to keep their liberty and their lives? Image how much better our country would be if politicians still had to worry about getting shot, in addition to loosing elections, every time they consider a new flaming hoop for us to jump through; they might not make the hoop. Alas, we are whipped lions. Please pity us, Great Ringmaster, and stop making new hoops.