You have to understand that a great many of the people who oppose gun control are straight up loony.
I recently had a bunch of my cousin's friends tell me about how the Second Amendment was written with the purpose of making sure American citizens are AS WELL-ARMED AS THE MILITARY in case the government ever turns on its citizens and tries to control/subdue them. This is not a rational mindset; this is the thought process I had always previously attributed to old coots living in cabins in the woods. But this came from a bunch of young, upper-middle-class college-attending kids. The government wants to control and enslave us, so we need to be armed well enough to take on the military. The Second Amendment is supposed to give every day citizens 50 caliber rifles and fully automatic machine guns, apparently.
You know, despite the fact that these kids are cool with the PATRIOT Act and the NDAA, which are by far the most oppressive things the American government has done since slavery and Asian-American interment and the Trail of Tears (all of which my cousin and his friends are also okay with). So I have no idea what more they think the government is going to do that they'll have to go arms up. But that's another discussion.
The Second Amendment IS awkwardly worded. It doesn't say what "arms" are. It doesn't say what a "militia" is, and certainly not what a "well-regulated" one is. That said, I've come to peace with the fact that there is a level of gun ownership that is protected by it and our citizens are entitled to, but the main problem is that those that oppose gun control usually oppose ANY rational semblance of control that anyone with common sense knows is the right thing to do. In their minds, they literally think that if we ban armor-piercing rounds and semi-automatic weapons or putting a limit on guns owned in a household, the government will take away hunting rifles and BB guns the very next day.
Last edited by Sid87; 17th December 2012 at 12:17 AM.
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