Re: Obama came out of the closet
You need to read all of his words to get the full impact of what he is saying, and not just focus on the assault weapons comment:
“Part of it is seeing if we can get an assault weapons ban reintroduced. But part of it is also looking at other sources of the violence. Because frankly, in my home town of Chicago, there’s an awful lot of violence and they’re not using AK-47s. They’re using cheap hand guns.”
What he is saying here is that not only does he want an assault weapons ban, but he is also looking at going after handguns. The way he will try to sell this is that he will leave "hunting" rifles alone, and take "assault" rifles and handguns. He will use that as a way to argue that he is not touching anyone's rights to own a "sporting" firearm.