It's an excuse, well over a third of americans don't even bother to vote. Fear of the government is a red herring.
That's the only logical conclusion I can think of.
"I have no real reason to cling on to my assault rifle. Best say I need it to protect myself from the State."
Anyway, long story short. No ordinary citizen needs a fucking assault rifle. Get a hunting rifle for doing exactly that, and a handgun for personal protection. Then limit how much ammunition people can have. You don't need much on the off chance that you are in a situation that you need a gun. Then get over yourselves.
Stop kidding yourself that an ancient slip of paper has any relevance in modern society. It's the same reason so many lives are wasted because people still believe in fairytales (Yes, that's a stab at religion). Logic. Reason. Perspective. Get some, for the good of fucking humanity.