That's always a tried a true response to a legitimate question.
If cops have assault weapons, and criminals have assault weapons...then why should I be denied the right to own one to protect myself and my family?
I have said it a million times, I don't want to live in a country where the only two groups of people with these guns are criminals and the government.
How is it a legitimate question? Police (and other emergency responders) have a different set of rights/responsibilities/tools/and training that private citizens do not on a daily basis. They're simply two different entities and to compare them presumes far too much about a priviate citizen. It's just simply not comparable.
If cops can break the speed limit, and criminals can break the speed limit ... then why should I be denied the right to break the speed limit too? They're not analogous.
So you feel safer knowing random people also
have assault weapons?