Today's "safe" hunting rifle is tomorrow's high powered sniper rifle with military grade ammunition shooting armor piercing bullets.
Tom Servo has posted some great links to the GSVC's view on how since they lost the fight against handguns, then they needed to target "assualt weapons", that strategy isn't confined to semi-automatic copies of Mr. Stoner's little aluminum rifle.
And after the high powered sniper rifles, next will be the pump action shotguns.
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Ladyfriend: "I need help with the leaves in the yard"
Me: "Controlled burn?"
LadyFriend: "I forgot my Boy Scout turned into an infantry officer."