So many on our side of the gun control fight have despaired of ever getting automatic weapons deregulated to pre-1934 state that they make excuses for the enemy. “Automatics are uncontrollable anyway”, they way. “A waste of ammunition”. It’s a view born of ignorance, as automatic arms have a definite defensive use. There’s a reason why military, police and bodyguards to rulers usually try to get that capability.
A shotgun is less accurate than a rifle, but both have their uses. The same is true of submachine and machine guns, automatic rifles and personal defense weapons. Our experience is mostly limited to very slight familiarity with obsolete designs, as only pre-1986 machine guns are available to individuals. It’s like riding a bicycle — take a few minutes to learn on a basic level, a few weeks to get proficient, and provides a lifetime of utility.