I should just go back and find that post I made a couple of weeks ago and paste it again. Owning a firearm is incomparably ignorant. Mathematically clueless. I'm hard pressed to think of any topic where theory and application are so obscenely divergent.
Wiping out fellow humans on a daily basis, so we can pretend the firearm is necessary as a protective device. Lovely.
I wonder how many noises in the night make up for this tragedy in Connecticut? Ever thought about that? People who own guns have to pretend there's danger on every corner. Consequently they invent life threatening situations, like Zimmerman did. There have been countless studies that people who own guns claim a bizarre number of life threatening experiences they've had or they expect to have, compared to people who do not own guns, or compared to base logic. I saw that on this forum years ago, after a high profile gun incident. A sharp football guy with a Keuchenberg avatar claimed his gun had saved him 5 or 6 times. When asked to describe those experiences, they could not have been more vague or weak or frankly laughable. It read like fantasy island.
As I mentioned two weeks ago, I'm convinced people would come along, if properly educated on the topic. Some NFL players turned in their guns after the incidents of the past two weeks. The number quoted these days is a gun is 43 times more likely to do harm than save you. The roadblock to any type of progress, of course, is too many scared Americans, a ratio that is growing all the time, fed by FOX and colleagues. They actually believe that the government is out to get them, and that anyone who doesn't look like them or think like them is dangerous, and rightfully on the other end of the scope. I don't care if I'm exaggerating for impact, BTW. The other side has disgracefully downplayed for decades and gotten away with it. Just last night I saw Rudy Giuliani, who is reasonable by his party's standards, say on Piers Morgan that it not guns that's the issue, it's human behavior. That type of simplistic claptrap has been trotted out there unchallenged for far too long. Guns kill quickly. Guns kill from a distance. Guns align with impulse rage. Let the people with behavior issues deal with a less convenient and effective method. This topic only peaks when there are bunched high profile episodes. Otherwise we're perfectly content with the 90-odd gun murders per day in this country, as long as they are adequately spaced and relatively quiet.
My party has been too petrified to lose votes to voice even a fraction of its true opinion, and detail the bottom line on gun use in this country. I'm not sure that isn't more disgusting than anything the right wing has managed on this topic. At least they are true to themselves, trembling in a corner listening for that noise.
I know this will be stunning but guess what: we dont live in a free society. You dont have the freedom to do anything you want whenever you want. Even Washington and Jefferson understood that. We live by the social contract called "laws". And when something is extremely dangerous to themselves and others, we add the dangerous items onto the list of laws.
The fact that your solution to this problem is to throw armed guards at it shows you dont understand the concept of freedom as much as you believe.