Check out this article.
Obama still backs new gun ban; top senator less certain - CNN.com
Notice how many times it is emphasized that what's being discussed, is semi automatic weapons. Of course, CNN goes on to say that they "mimic" assault weapons.
Then, when explaining Harry Reid's position, it is stated this way, "Reid told ABC on Sunday that he backed expanding background checks to private gun sales at shows and other steps, but he refused to endorse a ban on what are called assault-style rifles modeled after military weapons.
This distinction is made again a bit later - "A popular version is the AR-15 semi-automatic rifle that can be purchased with magazines holding 30 rounds." Of course, then they attach, "A similar weapon was used in the Connecticut school shooting that killed 20 first graders and revived a national focus on tougher gun control measures."
There is a clever ruse here being used to still try and tie these rifles to military weapons, but the fact that in this article, that separation is made between "Assault Weapon" and a weapon that "Mimics" a military weapon or an Assault "style" weapon, is a small shaft of light providing hope that we are winning the information war. Once we divide the idea of "Assault Weapons" and "Automatic Weapons" from publicly available AR-15s or AK-47s, there'll be little hope IMO for a ban.
Of course, we could just read the end of this article as well: "However, Denver University law professor David Kopel said last week that the Supreme Court made clear that gun control could not include weapons used commonly by law-abiding citizens, such as the top-selling AR-15 that Feinstein's legislation would ban."
I'm actually shocked that this article, even as pro-gun control as it still is, was published on a CNN website.