Andy, even though I disagree with you, my intent is not to "beat up" on you. I just don't see the need to ban rifles and fear that anytime someone, especially someone who is a hunter, pushes for any kind of gun ban, it further strengthens those that want to ban all guns and/or hunting.
People have differening opinions on how to hunt. Some believe only those that hunt with stick bows and homemade arrows are true hunters. The main thing is we are all hunters and division in our ranks weakens all of us.
I tend to leave my criticism to those activities that are illegal. If it is legal then each to their own even if it is not my idea of fun or sport.