Again the issue is muddied with what seems like the intent to misinform and distract. By speaking only in terms of the recent carnage the entire point of the 2nd Amendment is missed. It is not about hunting, sporting use or home/self protection but about the ability of a population to resist a government that is out of control to the point of tyranny. Period. Even if you believe that successful outcome unlikely (though the Brits felt the same way) it is not relevant. The rest is all smoke and mirrors. If the Bush administration did not convince you that this right is needed nothing will. I come at this with my left leaning creds fully intact and it is oh-so-tiresome to hear people I respect that repeatedly refuse to put the argument in proper context to debate it. I am not a member of the NRA because I think their M O is counter productive as well. If the actual context of constitutional gun ownership is discussed I have a legitimate reason for gun ownership. And so do you.