It is not important what I, you or anyone else things their fellow citizens need - as none of us has the power to decide what someone else needs [and is the height of moralistic egotism] - but it is important that their right to conduct themselves in any manner they choose for themselves while not violating anyone else's rights be defended. I agree that "rights" exceed needs or perceived entitlements. I also seriously doubt the citizenry could defend itself with small arms against todays military /government if it turned tyrannical or fell to a coupe. I suppose we can only keep a watchful eye on species who randomly kill mass numbers of fellow citizens.....not the life authors of the 2nd Amendment had to live.
That is their decision as a free person.
Look around the world and see what small arms are doing against armies.
We have been fighting in Afghanistan against those with no helicopters, tanks, artillery, minimal explosives or intel collection abilities and it's been 9 years.
They also fought off Russia with minimal US support.
Most conflicts are fought with small arms, not impressive armaments in Hollywood movies.
And what nation in the world can resist supplying weaponry to a "rebellion"?
The life the authors of the 2nd amendment had to live involved putting their lives on the line as traitors to the King of England against the most powerful army in the world at the time. Far more serious consequences than any of us understand, which is exactly why they did understand the importance.
Your point is just another version of the "people don't need AR15s argument - the 2nd amendment applies to muskets".
If that is true, then the 1st amendment doesn't apply to the Internet or television.
Both are ridiculous assertions.
The emotional response to highly touted news items is to look for a quick solution that identifies the evil and makes us feel better.
The logical solution is to not worry about it because you have an almost 0% chance of this happening - which is why it makes the news.
Chance of dying from heart disease 1:4 << worry about that
Here are a few overlooked facts about the dreaded mass killing:
- Mass shootings are no more common than they have been in past decades, despite the impression given by the media.
- In fact, the high point for mass killings in the U.S. was 1929, according to criminologist Grant Duwe of the Minnesota Department of Corrections.
- Incidents of mass murder in the U.S. declined from 42 in the 1990s to 26 in the first decade of this century.
- The chances of being killed in a mass shooting are about what they are for being struck by lightning.
- Until the Newtown horror, the three worst K–12 school shootings ever had taken place in either Britain or Germany.
- The worst slaughter in a school in our nation’s history occurred in 1927 in Bath Township, Michigan. In that incident, Andrew Kehoe, over a period of hours, used explosives to kill 45 people, mostly children attending the local school.