This is a very real question since the school shooting a week ago. There seem to be many who now support the banning of assault rifles. Those are the weapons that look like military issue rifles but are not. They are semi automatic guns in which you need to pull the trigger each time you want a shot fired.
Since assault weapons are used in very little crimes compared to handguns, why wouldn't we go after the true problem in weapons....the handguns? If you truly cared about children I would think you would go after the biggest problem not the smallest. So to me this is not about child safety but more about fear and giving into the emotion of fear and not using reason and logic.
If we truly cared about children we should attack what causes the most deaths with children. Swimming pools should be up there, cars of course.Sports is another thing. Probably should ban sports as many children are killed or paralyzed in sports.
So in conclusion...if you truly cared about children you would attack what really causes harm. So this is something else.
Just admit that this is about forcing your morality upon the masses. Taking away freedom and choice that you do not agree with.