Stephen Paddock singlehandedly killed 59 people and wounded over 500 in Las Vegas on October 2.
Obviously a the number of times a private citizen justifiably shoots a felon is going to be far lower than the overall number of times a citizen uses a gun justifiably, so that Federal Bureau of Investigation table actually undercuts his point rather than bolstering it.
And yet, the NRA-approved mantra that we should not even raise the subject of guns after a mass shooting has become an entrenched talking point for Republicans.
After one such call, a friend in law enforcement said, understanding the painful irony, "You know, I've been reading some of the online comments, and I'm serious about this - I think you'd be smart to carry a weapon".
The argument that America will eventually find a way to reduce gun violence and the incidence of mass murder depends on an important factor outside the control of the NRA and their willing GOP congressional servants. This space has been devoted to favoring gun control of some sort, in the form of more extensive background checks and the like.
There needs to be an initiative, from leadership down, that pushes back against lobbying for senseless laws that exist to push gun sales at the cost of literally thousands of lives.
According to the U.S. It obviously follows that more guns have concentrated into the hands of fewer people. The guns are responsible for the killing, and so we have to eliminate guns everywhere we can in the United States.
Gun violence, and not just mass murder, is rampant in America.
There comes a point, when civilians commit a bad act, often with military guns over and over again, that responding in the same way over and over again becomes acceptance of that terror, unless the observance is linked with action to prevent such tragedies.
The Founding Fathers did not believe in monopolies. That may have made sense in the 1770s, when breech-loading flintlock muskets were the primary weapons tyrants used to conquer other peoples and subdue their own citizens who could, in turn, equalize the power equation by arming themselves with equivalent firepower.
He has been named as 64-year-old Stephen Paddock.
Never mind that the words "well regulated militia" come before "the right of the people to keep and bear arms" in the text of the Second Amendment.
We seem somehow only to spout the second clause in that sentence while forgetting the first, especially the term "well-regulated"!
While most of the country mourned the dead, prayed for all of the victims and sought answers as to "why", the anti-Second Amendment and gun control crowd immediately started their impossible demands.
We must ban the purchase of firearms and ammunition on the internet because some people are still doing this legally. We must devote more police resources to protecting women abused by men, and ensure that those men are unable to obtain firearms.
We must limit the number of bullets any firearm clip can hold.
We will be advised that candles, flowers, and tributes to the bravery of first responders and civilian heroes are well and good.
The latter may explain why we who are much too naive are advised during the instructional phase that any attempt to grapple with the amendment's 21st century ramifications is beyond our capabilities, as well as tantamount to treason. It is not some sort of divinely-inspired mandate from a superior being well beyond our comprehension.
"Nowhere else in the Constitution does a "right" attributed to "the people" refer to anything other than an individual right".
This militia was composed of one man.
I believe this is the most inane saying spewed forth by the U.S. National Rifle Association. Maybe that's next on their agenda.
Even if what happened in Las Vegas moved us to adopt super stringent gun control measures, there are roughly 300 million privately owned guns in the United States.
Nevertheless, this utter stupidity in our system of firearms laws must end.