I wouldn't be betting on an overrule here. ... Politics are part of reality, and political victories create and change reality - they are not nothing.
But in an argument over facts, they are. If every country on Earth banned everything more dangerous than a thumbtack, would that mean that guns cause facism or increase the homicide rate? If they all ordered citizens to be armed when in public would that change the facts we're discussing?
The image in your head of you shooting the big bad criminal before he can hurt your family is a fantasy - we can't base real world policies on daydreams.
Again, I've never even held a gun, I own no guns, I wouldn't even know how to turn off the safety. I'm only arguing facts, which for you seem to be the least important part of an argument you're having with a cartoon gun-nut straw-man.
They're the same - they're semi-automatics. (Unless you're saying 'hunting rifle' means bolt-action. Or you're talking about ones modified to emulate fully-automatic behavior, but as you've mentioned even the NRA seems to be OK banning/regulating those.)
Homocides in Australia is way down since hte gun ban
And they've halved in the US over the last 20 years, while civilian gun ownership has gone up 50%. All that tells me is that even if they're related other factors are far more important.
there has not been a single mass shooting since it was instituted
Which is irrelevant - ten people dying is terrible, but does it matter if they got shot or someone drove a truck into a parade?
But lets check the List of massacres in Australia to be sure - Monash, Hectorville, Hunt family, Logan ... wha?
A gun is a horrible, horrible tool for self defense ... Bruce Schneier
Again, that's not something I've made a claim about. But at least you've sort-of mentioned a source, even if it isn't an actual citation.
And these facts ... They won't go away because they are inconvenient or don't fit your personal narrative of how things work.
Same to you.
That's a ridiculous notion - because ALL slippery slope arguments are ALWAYS ridiculous notions
Care to back that up with something?
Nobody increased pilot's licenses until ONLY airline employees and fighter-pilots could qualify
Was there a large movement and a major party with the stated goal of banning all personal flying? Has it already been done in other countries? No? So why would this be at all similar?
In no other country with a license-to-own-a-gun scheme has this happened ... Why do people fear something that has absolutely never happened to anything, ever - on the basis of fallacious reasoning?
But earlier - "And so does the outcome in every country that has instituted strict gun control or bans.". So countries have banned guns, but never one step at a time?
if a civil war creates a need they will FIND them
No legal guns means no illegal ones, because it worked so well for drugs? But if there's a war, they'll suddenly appear? From where?