It's not the firearms (assault rifles), it's the psychology of the firearms. It has a tendency to bring out the worst in the very people who fetishize them.
A well reasoned argument is like a diamond: impervious to corruption and crystal clear - and infinitely rarer.

Here, as elsewhere, people are outraged at what feels like a rigged game -- an economy that won't respond, a democracy that won't listen, and a financial sector that holds all the cards. - Robert Reich