I really enjoyed the excellent thoughtful comments y'all made on yesterday's post. I found the articulate, thoughtful and very, very relevant. I also enjoyed that they weren't skewed with NRA rhetoric. (I think y'all know I have damn little patience with fanatics.) The key word for me in these comments was 'responsibility' and it gave me pause to think about it. Mary and Jams both mentioned it implicitly and it was implied by the rest of y'all. I don't know about y'all but "responsibility" was one of the first big words I learned as a kid and y'all probably did, too.
The intent of this amendment was that citizens be able to defend themselves against a tyrannical government as they themselves had had to do. A worthy goal for their era; a somewhat impractical one for ours.
Here's another quote on arms that left me with chills:
"This year will go down in history. For the first time, a civilized nation has full gun registration. Our streets will be safer, our police more efficient, and the world will follow our lead into the future!" -- Adolf Hitler
What's the answer? I'm not certain but I think education is important and letting cooler heads on both sides of this issue prevail to find a middle ground that will quell the epidemic of violence in our society.
Thank you all again for your excellent input.