Guns Are Creepy

I’m sure the way you feel about something like the gun control debate often has to do with they way you were raised. If you grew up in a huntin’ family with a gun collection, you’re probably cool with guns. If you didn’t, you’re probably a little apprehensive of firearms. I definitely fall into the latter category.
I touched an AK-47 today and my insides cringed. Ew! Gross! I had gun germs on me.
I don’t think all guns have to be outlawed. I don’t want to hunt, but I understand that a lot of people enjoy the hobby. I don’t feel the need to protect myself with a pistol, but I understand that many people do.
But – in reference to the weapons ban that expired today – I can’t figure out why anyone not in the military or police corps could possibly need a semi-automatic assault rifle.
I’ve heard the arguments. Collections. Target practice. Because the constitution says I can. I just don’t understand the arguments. Why could you possibly need to shoot that much ammunition that quickly from that far away? Why on earth do you need a bayonet on the end of your gun?
I believe in the rights of citizens, but I just don’t understand this debate. Maybe it’s the way I was raised. Or maybe it’s because I don’t want the guys down the street to have easier access to assault rifles.