They know damn right well what they’re trying to ban, and they don’t give a crap about these demonstrations.
A bigger question for the good Senator to ask is:
“The Dept Homeland Security just bought 7000 semi-auto AR-15s and calls them “Personal Defense Rifles”; why is it that the EXACT same rifle, legally purchased and in millions of Civilian hands is somehow magically transformed into an “Assault Rifle”?
Actually, DHS asked for a bid on 7,000 SELECT FIRE "AR-15-type" firearms - and, YES, they call them "Personal Defense Rifles." That means that DHS considers FULL AUTO guns to be for personal defense. I should think that such a definition would be useful in any number of state and federal court cases.
Some animals are more equal than others.
Actually they wish to buy 7000 select fire,, not semi-auto only, weapons in 5.56x45, but they are saying they are suitable for personal defense. they might not end up with AR-15s, since there are other weapons that would satisfy the requirements as well, such as the FN SCAR.
But of course the point remains. If it's OK for them to have for Personal Defense, why not the kulaks?. The answer is also obvious, it would make it so much more difficult to take our stuff when the time comes.