Here's the real issue folks. It's not about guns. It's about crazies! Really! What has been the common denominator between all of these mass gun shootings that occur every few months? I'll tell you what it is. It is that all of the people that commit these acts are nuts! They are not normal sane people. Normal sane people would not do these things. And, the vast majority of gun owners are normal sane people. So, the problem is how to get the guns out of the hands of the crazies, without denying normal sane people the right to keep and bear arms according to the second amendment. This is the challenge presented before us.
If we respond with the simple knee-jerk reaction, that the solution is simply to ban guns, then we will have cut off our noses to spite our face as the saying goes. Because, there is a real value to the second amendment, of which it's value is above even those people massecured in the Colorado event. I hate to say it, but I believe it's true. My heart goes out to those families that have suffered this loss. But, I would venture to say, that even if one of my own family members was one of the victims, I would not change my position on this. And, this is where I think people differ on this matter.
It really comes down to whether one believes weather there is a value to the concept, the ideal, the philopspy of what the second amendment represents; both today and in the 18th century. To me, I believe it is timeless. Even for those progressives that believe that the constitution is a living, breathing document that should be changed to represent contemporary values, I still believe that the second amendment passes that muster, and is timeless.
As an NRA member, and an acive shooter, I would like to see the pro-gun establishment step up and try to assist in a solution to this recurring problem, rather than just the argument to "keep your hands off my gun" type approach. I think we (the gun activist group) should work to address the problem of the "crazies". I think everyone would agree that this section of our population should not have access to guns, and we need to start talking about this.