So after the overwhelming success (lol) of my first attempt at discussing this issue from the perspective of a non American, let me pose another thought on the issue of guns and gun control involving my southern neighbors. Why is it that a regular citizen has the ability to go to a gun store and purchase a high power semi automatic weapon? Forgetting about the issues of background checks, mental competency, history of criminal offenses, violence, whatever, as that was all discussed last time around. Assume for the sake of discussion that some dude is thoroughly examined and deemed to have no restrictions upon his ability to purchase and possess a gun. Why does he have the ability to purchase semi automatic weaponry with the capacity to inflict major casualties and fatalities with minimal effort? I have my own personal thoughts on guns, and I think I grasp the concept of the Second Amendment. I do not own a weapon, and have no plans to ever do so. But that is my personal opinion and I comprehend the idea that not everyone feels the same way. I understand (but personally disagree with) the idea of possessing a gun for personal protection and for the protection of your family. Maybe a guy wants to have a gun in his house to protect himself and his family against a potential intruder. Perhaps a woman would like to carry a gun in her purse to protect herself against an attacker. But I don't think this woman will be carrying a machine gun in her purse, and a guy doesn't need a machine gun in his house for the protection of himself and his family. I understand that some people enjoy hunting. Personally I would be unable to shoot an animal but again, I comprehend the desire of hunters to go out and hunt. But the last time I checked, it doesn't take a machine gun to kill a deer, or a moose, or whatever else someone hunts. Shooting ranges for recreational purposes, I get that too. A buddy of mine possesses a revolver and periodically goes to a sanctioned gun range for enjoyment purposes. But he brings a revolver, not a semi automatic weapon. So talk about the Second Amendment all you want. Discuss your rights to personal and familial protection, your rights to hunt, your rights to enjoy shooting ranges for sport. But why does a regular citizen require possession of semi automatic weaponry that can serve no purpose other than inflicting serious harm, if not death, upon multiple persons? Even with appropriate background checks, closure of gun show loopholes, mental health and criminal history investigation, why does my neighbor, or co worker, or random dude on the street, have the inalienable right to possess and potentially use weapons of this nature? Once again, I simply don't get it.