I know that I've written this so many times that it makes some of your heads hurt, but I think the Congress needs as many public reminders as possible. For the security of a homeland, to the general population, a mess of excellent weapons, scattered all over a country, means more for that homeland's security, than any number of Bradley Fighting Vehicles and Predator Drones in the hands of an organized army.
Again, (you knew this was coming, didn't you) a history lesson.
Hitler did not invade Switzerland because he knew every single damn house in the country had a male head of household with the latest military grade rifle then in existence and knew how to use it.
Many of Japan's military leaders were similarly reluctant to entertain attacking the USA mainland because they knew that the citizens would fight them from every doorway and rooftop and that the weapons were not only "out there" but a big chunk of the population (WWI vets and rural hunters) knew how to use them. Yamamoto even wrote a letter cautioning:
Should hostilities once break out between Japan and the United States, it would not be enough that we take Guam and the Philippines, nor even Hawaii and San Francisco. To make victory certain, we would have to march into Washington and dictate the terms of peace in the White House. I wonder if our politicians (who speak so lightly of a Japanese-American war) have confidence as to the final outcome and are prepared to make the necessary sacrifices. [emphasis added]
He had studied at Harvard for over two years and had done two Naval Attaché hitches in Washington, DC. The reader may think that a country full of serious war weapons is a danger to them when in reality, it might be the reason they aren't speaking Japanese or German today.
Ban assault weapons? Nah.
Every time government tries to legislate a problem from the back end, the problem gets worse or the "cure" goes out of control.
Stop the drunkards: The 18th Amendment -
"The manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors within, the importation thereof into, or the exportation thereof from the United States and all territory subject to the jurisdiction thereof for beverage purposes is hereby prohibited."What did that get us? Highly enriched organized crime; blind and dead people from drinking bad liquor; and, maybe the worst effect, a general public disregard for a constitutional law.
The war on marijuana: Millions of dollars spent against the horrors of our children becoming crazed zombies under the psycho effects of the devil weed, positively leading to addiction to opium, heroin and, oh, yeah, "sex, love, & rock and roll." Tens of thousands of law enforcement, judicial & penal assets pissed away, resulting in a massive population of citizens with arrest records and subsequent meaningless incarcerations.
What did that get us? Same thing as the first example. Highly enriched organized crime and a lot of citizens "wounded" by the stigma of being criminals and (now) at least two generations of the general public with a disregard for a national law. (And, oh, yeah, probably 0.0000001% of the users ever graduated to heroin.) [I just made that number up. Go ahead and get me the citations to prove it wrong. I'd appreciate your efforts. Thanks.]
And, how's that knee-jerk Homeland Security thing working out for you? Do you feel more secure now or are you amazed at how your freedoms have been impacted? Have you traveled lately? Tried to directly ship something by air lately, via air freight? Visited a sea port lately?
So, should you stick your head in the sand ... business as usual?
Hell no. Attack the problem.
Is the problem pervasive gun ownership? While I'd say, "clearly not," if you want to legislate away assault weapons, and large magazines (they're not "clips" newsboy!) and anything else, please see above.
How about you get to know your neighbors so that you know if the young man down the street with the mom railing against the local school administration is bordering on being unstable?
How about if you speak up when you see or hear something disturbing developing?
How about if you raise your kids off of and away from the X-Box and absolutely know what they're doing for how many hours on the Internet?
And, even, how about if you quit being so damned "enlightened" about mental health because you saw the movie One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest and bring back mental institutions? There has to be a place to put the wackos because you can't fix wacked with medications and/or touchy-feely halfway houses all of the time or nearly fast enough. [Plus I might need a nice warm place to stay after the family reads this.]
How about if you all shun violent movies and video games? They ARE an effing problem, whether you like to think so or not. Just ask yourself, would you take your 5 year old or your 80 year old mother to the latest splatter movie? Exactly why not? Yeah. Those are the reasons that you shouldn't be taking/letting anyone do that. Free speech? Let 'em speak all they want. Just don't buy into it, thereby enriching the speaker and encouraging further such behavior.
That's enough hammering for now. I hope you see my position.
Good luck with this. I'm down here in the Wild West watching.