Yes, technically this is political. Can we have a reasonable discussion about it? Mostly, my point of view is simple: DISCLAIMER: I am NOT being insensitive to the victims in Colorado. It's horrific what happened, and (speaking as a Daddy) even more sickening that one victim was a little 6 year old girl. That being said: I do NOT believe the 2nd Amendment guarantees anyone's right to have whatever guns they want. The 2nd Amendment states: "In order to have a WELL ARMED MILITIA"... Which we do not have. There is no civilian militia, because frankly, we don't need one as our military is basically awesome in every way. I do believe, however, that responsible adults SHOULD be able to have pretty much whatever guns they want... They shouldn't need an amendment to justify it! Want a rotating mini-cannon like in Terminator 2? Fine. Just don't use it to commit a crime, and we're fine... Whatever blows your hair back. Now, on to the rant about the idiots next door (Yes, Connecticut Legislature, I'm looking at you) trying to use what happened in Colorado as a justification for more strict gun control. Guess what? I own a gun. Guess what? I do not aim it any anything I do not want to shoot. Why? Because I am a reasonable, responsible adult. (Yes, really, I am.) I'm the kind of person who buys a gun at a gun store, fills out the form, waits the two weeks, etc. I'm the kind of person who has signs out in the woods behind the house that say "Do not discharge firearms within 500 feet of a dwelling" so I don't discharge firearms within 500 feet of a dwelling. I'm the kind of person who follows the laws, and does the right thing. The guy who killed the people at the movie in Colorado wasn't going to be stopped by gun control laws. The guy who will use his gun to rob a liquor store is not going to be stopped by gun control laws. The guy who ALREADY has stockpiled weapons and ammunition for the day he loses his mind and goes on a shooting spree is NOT going to be stopped by gun control laws. Want a great example of gun control legislation? How about this: It is ILLEGAL for a convicted felon to own a firearm. How many repeat gun crime offenders do we have in prisons right now? How did that legislation work out? Oh, yeah, that's right, it didn't. Want to have more strict gun control? Fine, write the bill, pass the legislation, whatever, but stop using the images and memories of people who just wanted to see a Batman movie to further your agenda. Call it what is is: You want more strict gun control because you want more strict gun control. Don't pervert the deaths of 12 people because you think it's a sail to raise on your ship so you can sail to the Land of Righteousness. Make no mistake about it: No law, no rule, no paperwork, no waiting period, no ban on this-that-or-that type of gun would have stopped that guy or anyone else willing to maim or murder innocent people. The way I see it, gun control laws are aimed not at stopping crime or protecting people from gun related crime, but are more likely to make it difficult for rational, law-abiding citizens to go out and get a gun. And it's horseshit. FOCUS: Is there a method of gun control that isn't as helpful as a soggy Kleenex when you sneeze? ALT FOCUS: What the fuck is wrong with people that they do shit like the guy in Colorado?