Have you ever heard of the scam in which crooks read the obituaries and then show up a week later with an engraved Bible (or anything personalized) which the deceased supposedly ordered and wanted you to have but did not pay for? You, in grief over something you could not control, readily agree to buy it.
It's the old story of giving you a reason to do something you ordinarily would not do. The gun control debate is the same thing. It's really not about guns, it's about you giving up one of the Bill of Rights because they supposedly give you a reason to do so. But every time you give up a right, you are less free.
Know the difference between a right and a privilege? A right is an unquestionable acknowledgement of your humanity. A privilege is something the government can grant or take away. Like a driver's license. A privilege not a right.
So please try to stay focused. The Second Amendment is a right, part of the Bill of Rights, along with speech, religion, personal security, non-testimony against yourself, grand jury indictment requirement, bail, cruel and unusual punishments, and No. 10, the retention of any right not specifically delegated to the government.
Since the Second Amendment prohibits government involvement, this is actually a proposed violation of both the Second and the Tenth Amendments. But it's not about guns alone. We have what Benjamin Franklin defined as "a republic, if we can keep it."
Joseph M. Reichert