We're all on the same page, Jerry.
Hand guns are used for one purpose, to kill people. It may be ok to carrry handguns in less populated areas of our country, but not everywhere. Jerry believes the perpetrator would have only killed one or two people if others were armed. Says who? They probably would have shot their classmates trying to get the perpetrator. Even w/ practice, handguns are extremely innaccurate under controlled circumstances, let alone in the chotic circumstance surrounding a colleg campus shooting. Poorly trained persons shooting in public would have a greater likelihood of causing more disasterous results. Imagine if the police arrived and saw multiple people shooting at each other on a college campus. Whom would the police have shot? More importantly, if everyone had handguns, more people would be shot over stupid things like car accidents, percieved slights, neighbors making too much noise, and such.
I am probably the only person on this site who has ever represented someone accused of capital murder, murder, or felony murder, and its almost always a handgun. In my experience, handguns are bad news
Our founders wanted us to be armed. I agree. Not necesarily w/ handguns. If you want home protection, use a sawed off shotgun w/ bird shot. That way you won't kill your child in the next room, and you will definately hit the intruder. Wan't home protection, get a dog. In all my years of having represented thousands of burglary accussations, never a one w/ a dog at home. The ability to conceal
weapons is dangerous in a modern society. Rifles and such are another matter. Having said that, I would make no changes in our second amendment rights, before you guys start to proverbally flog me for disagreeing. I also dont believe registering guns is constitutional. Our 2ndA right tp possess arms were designed to prevent the government from being the only group armed. Making people wait a few days to get a gun, criminal checks, fully automatic weapons, armor peircing ammo and the like can be regulated and should. Why on earth does an individual need for example, a 50mm long rifle?
I grow weary of the polarization of our country and this belief it has to be one way or the other. Its very unhealthy for our country. Me, I like to walk down the middle of the road. There's more room afterall! :-D