There is one thing and one thing only that has proven time and time again to stop someone bent on violence. A gun. And I promise you that no amount of gun control legislation will ever eliminate them, it will just change who has access to them. The thing you need in that moment where the law has already failed you, will only be accessible to criminals and representatives of the government (some overlap). Or do you really believe the criminals will just turn them in? Even if they did, that doesn’t really offer me a whole lot of comfort if I am staring down a 266lb criminal (the observant among you have already noticed that is twice my weight; a big guy, but not freakishly so). My husband is nowhere near that size, but he could easily overpower me physically.
[And that folks is the meat and potatoes of this debate. Criminals don't obey the laws, and in a just world we wouldn't even need laws. But we live in reality. The reality is that the laws work to constrain those who are good, while benefiting criminals who don't care about the law as it is.
Anyone who cannot seem to understand this basic fact is disregarding how the law works. They wish to do nothing more than criminalize those with opinions they disagree with. They wish to criminalize those who would willingly defend themselves as others would wish to criminalize gay marriage or criminalize interracial couples.
Criminalizing those who have no ill intent towards society serves no purpose other than to quell dissent and remove those from society that you would disagree with.
And that my friends is their end game, even if it means sending us to camps in box cars, those who would take our arms have no problem doing that if that's what it takes. -B]