Guns really are not the problem. If there were no guns people would kill each other with knives, rocks or bare hands. At the same time, removing guns from the hands of the law abiding would only give the criminals and insane the advantage. What needs to be solved is the mindset that makes killing, stealing and harming others acceptable in our society. Our second Amendment protects the right of the people to keep and bear arms.
In 2008 the Supreme Court issued a land mark decision officially establishing this interpretation. In District of Columbia v. Heller, the Court ruled that the Second Amendment protects and individuals rights to possess a firearm, unconnected to service in a militia, and to use that arm for traditionally lawful purposes, such as self-defense within the home. Guns are neither good nor bad. They have no innate moral value. They are simply tools, and like other tools may be used for good or misused for ill. They may dissuade others from attacking you, or defend you from an attack by one more powerful. They may help you feed yourself, your family and friends. Or they may injure and kill the innocent, but one thing is for certain they will not disappear.
Since the tragic 2012 Aurora movie theater shooting, and the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting, many Americans are debating stricter gun laws, reinstating assault rifle band, and banning high capacity ammunitions clips. I could agree with stricter gun laws, but most gun laws I think are already sort of strict. There are waiting periods and background checks if you’re purchasing a gun legally.
Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) introduced legislation on January 22, 2013 designed to ban the sale of high-capacity magazines capable of carrying more than 10 rounds. The legislation would simply reintroduce the prohibition of high-capacity magazines that existed under the federal Assault Weapons Ban…