Well put Superfly.
It's all very nice to try to ban guns but I do believe that if we outlaw guns, only outlaws will have guns. No matter how good the cops are they can't be everywhere everytime, so people do have a right to defend themselves. I've never felt the need to carry one, even though I'm a lifelong resident of NYC, but it isn't for me to say what other people would do.
Arguments for gun control go like this
1) Americans are so,... tsk.. tsk.
The US is so violent etc, etc, etc, guns are a US pathology.
Maybe, but banning them won't make the US any less violent, so whatever the truth of the observation that Americans are more violent than Europeans, banning guns won't turn Bubbah into law-abiding Lars.
2) Guns kill
Well not to mouth the NRA, but people kill, not guns, and true they kill with guns, the fact that a gun is potentially deadly means that the owner has more responsibility and should be prepared to accept that responsibility, not that the government should not allow responsible gun owners their right.
, but if there were no guns, the worst violent people would do in the heat of passion is stab a few people or take a baseball bat and knock a few persons heads in. They simply wouldn't have the tools available, when they go postal, to mow down ten or fifteen at a time.
I have to admit, argument 3 really got me thinking, its probably the best of the bunch, but still, I have to say that if we accept argument 3, then we have nanny-state creep, in that we could ban alcohol because some drunken arsehole will drive drunk and slam into a van of kids, the fact that someone somewhere can wreak havoc with something, doesn't mean that that something has to be restricted for everyone everywhere.
I may be ugly. I may be an American. But don't call me an ugly American.