The second amendment of the United States Constitution states:
"A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free State,
the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."
Obviously the need for a state militia has been replaced by the National
Guard and Coast Guard whereby trained military personnel are entrusted with
the defense of this country against domestic enemies. Their weapons are
tightly controlled and safeguarded.
The only two reasons for a citizen to own a firearm are for hunting or
defense of the household from intruders. In either case, ownership of a
handgun, shotgun or rifle is more than adequate to satisfy these purposes.
There is absolutely no need for any U.S. civilian to own any weapon more
powerful or sophisticated than these.
Accordingly, all handguns, shotguns and rifles must be licensed and
registered to the degree necessary to match weapon to owner at the click
of a computer key. Furthermore, we must guarantee that the mentally ill
do not gain access to them under any circumstances. Finally, if we had
prohibited the purchase of more sophisticated weapons several innocent
victims would not have died or been harmed at shopping malls, college
campuses, Congressional meetings, churches and now concerts. We as
a country must deal with this issue immediately lest our society fall back
to the days when everyone carried a holster.
"Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was
once eccentric." Bertrand Russell