That's fine, but others would, myself included. (they are hoot to shoot!). More importantly the Consitution says that we, the people, can own them without any interferance from the government.
I don't know if I could afford to own one no matter how cheap the firearm was; sorta like shootin' anything between nickels and quarters downrange at a rate of 300 / min! They are expensive to shoot!
However, in the US Army, some of the most fun I had (aside from launching grenades or shooting LAWs) was firing the M-2HB. Pain in the but to clean, though - heavy springs, and massive assemblies. The reciever alone weighed at least 50 lbs.!
I think its possible that eric might be trying to throw the dog off the scent. :-)