Speaking to the Daily Caller, Maryland First Lady Katie O'Malley had this to say about the shooting at the Sikh temple:
“I don’t know why anybody needs an AK-47. I certainly do appreciate hunters and their sporting reasons for having weapons, and I appreciate people who want to have weapons for their safety. … I don’t understand why somebody needs an AK-47 or why somebody needs to have an arsenal. I don’t understand why we can’t get a better control of that as a country,” (emphasis added)
Yes, that's right, people should only be able to buy weapons if they "need" them, and we should have "control of that as a country." Second Amendment, madam, do you speak it?
Now, even beyond the Second Amendment concerns, this shows a chilling view of her world-view. In her world, people should only be able to buy things which they "need." You don't need that SUV, buy a cheap sedan. You don't need that beef, buy the tofu. You don't need that smart-phone, buy the older generation feature phone. Heck, for that matter, you don't need a car at all- that's why we have trains and buses, right? And you don't need that cellular phone at all- maybe we could set up public stations where you could pay, oh I don't know, 25 cents to a half-dollar, and make a phone call from a public booth. We could call these public conveniences "phone booths."
I'm only being half-facetious. You see, this kind of "what the government allows" thinking is central to the modern Neo-Marxist's view of the world. This is for two complimentary reasons. First is the fact that they believe (or would have you believe that they believe) that the Government is the best arbiter of what is good for you, and that if you'd just trust the government and comply with their wishes everything would be fine. The second is that all of those conveniences you don't need make it that much harder to control you.
They hate cars; they want everyone on buses or trains. If you have to be in a car, they want you in a range limited electric vehicle. They hate "American" food like hamburgers and french fries; they want everyone to eat "all organic, sustainably produced" food. They hate smart phones and mobile devices. They hate all these things because they provide more freedom, and make it that much harder to impose the tyranny they so desperately desire.
When you hear gun control activists talking about whether or not you "need" a given weapon- whether that's an "assault rifle," or a "semi-automatic weapon," or what have you, remember that what they're talking about isn't whether or not you should have the right to defend yourself, it's whether or not you're submitting properly to what your supposed betters in government want.