I've only lived in the US for 3 years. I wasn't here when "assault weapons" were banned in '94. Can anyone explain what it was like in that era; for example did lots of people rush out and buy them before the ban? Has the US faced any other similar periods of time? I'm concerned Obama may win the election; if he does we all know gun rights erosion will intensify. Should I be thinking about purchasing any weapon now, that you think could be outlawed if the democrats are elected?