|Zombie Assault Weapon|
As I've sagely noted, an assault weapon is great for combat. It fulfills many, if not all, of the requirements for a combat environment where a soldier is trying to quickly bring a lot of firepower to bear on a target on which he really hasn't a good visual. The goal is to kill, incapacitate, or suppress the return fire of other armed combatants for as long as possible.
IOW, an assault weapon is really an indiscriminate weapon.
To a large extent, this is why military planners and leaders hate the idea of "police actions." The military simply isn't designed, trained or equipped to perform missions where civilians are interspersed with combatants. In short, the military is a hammer, not a scalpel.
Assault weapons aren't useful for hunting; as seen, their accuracy is almost an after-thought. Frankly, no real hunter would consider an assault weapon for hunting. They generally consider those who do with the same disdain as those who "shine" deer or engage in "canned" hunts.
Similarly, an assault weapon isn't any good for self-defense. After all, gunloons, you can't have it both ways--you can't ask people to believe you believe in gun safety--yet you want a gun whose design is to dump a large amount of rounds, indiscriminantly, at uncertain targets. An assault weapon simply isn't a defensive weapon.
Now, many gunloons will claim the threat of home invasions require assault weapons. But unless your home is being attacked by zombies, this is just a fantasy. Almost all home invasions don't involve shots being fired. IOW, you're not going to be engaged in a prolonged firefight with a bunch of home invaders. Shots being fired tend to alert neighbors and cause 911 calls and police visits--all of which are anathema to home invaders.
Per a recent CBS/NYTimes Poll, support for banning assault weapons has gone up in recent years. Among gunowners, an assault weapons ban is supported by nearly two-thirds. Even among NRA members, about half favor such a ban.
Yet, gunloons think an assault weapon is a "must."
Several reasons, none of which have to do with hunting or self-defense. It's helpful to remember most gunloons suffer from deep-seated lack of self-esteem. Guns are their identity; they may be failures in their personal and professional lives but they have guns! And the more militaristic the gun, the more 'respect' these insecure folks think they have.
Second, many believe they're going to join the Wolverines!! from Red Dawn.