Jacobite, you so silly. Me and "my ilk" are just tax paying, law abiding citizens who appreciate the rule of law as it's written. The horror!
Did I say Alex Jones is the voice of reason for me or is this just you continuing with your straw man argument? It's a rhetorical question. I actually don't like Alex Jones at all, and I didn't like him and his conspiracy theories long before the doozy of a theory about Romney eating golden plated babies, but believe I like him if you want. You already believe a bunch of other stupid stuff so this is just par for the coarse
You are talking about taking the means of killing people away, you are talking about violating a constitutional right that you don't even understand. You guys are so emotional about this that you don't even understand the point about bats and rifles. To you guys it comes down to marketing, the statistics be damned...
You may be interested to know that we had more guns per capita in the 50's. Where were all the school shootings then? School shootings are a historical and statistical anomaly, and guns aren't at the root of the problem. You girls just want to stand on the graves of dead children with Piers to achieve your own political agenda.
Dude, stop. I'm on your side on this one, and you're making the right sound like a bunch of crazy retards.
Here's the thing. We can argue and bitch about gun control in the US all we like, but it's not practical for the United States to seriously change the laws regarding the legality of firearms. That's the bottom line. Guns are far too widespread at this point to make outlawing any particular type (or guns in general) even vaguely effective-- there's no way that the government could *take* the guns away, either-- not without a constitutional amendment that would never pass in a million years.
Piers Morgan is a moron. And the British don't want him back, either, so we're kind of stuck with him. Not that political dissent is something you should be able to boot someone out of the United States for, but that's a separate argument. But that's the wonderful thing about talking heads on TV-- you can push a button and they shut their traps.
As for constitutional rights and all that-- what it actually says in the 2nd Amendment is that citizens have the right to form armed, well-organized, and regulated militias. It doesn't say Americans have the right to bear arms, or that you have the right to own a gun. That's something the NRA has twisted to suit its purposes. At this point, it might as well say that you have the right to own a gun, though, because there's really no feasible way for the government to prohibit ownership of firearms at this point. They can make new guns harder to purchase legally, but it's been proven time and again that has no correlation with the number of incidences involving guns-- if someone is going to use a gun to commit a crime, they aren't all that concerned about having the paperwork for the weapon.
As for the issue of school shootings-- I think they're self-perpetuating. We talk about it in the media all the time, and we take visible and regular steps to prevent them from happening by posting invasive (and often drunk and incompetent) security guards in public schools. All that does is put it into kids' heads that this is somehow an actual solution to their issues. What the media ought to be doing, rather than going with the traditional "if it bleeds, it leads" programming, is having a quiet feature on victims, say nothing about the shooter, give them no attention whatsoever-- often that's what they really want.