Gun control doesn't mean taking guns from gun owners. It doesn't mean that we shouldn't own guns to protect our home or hunt or shoot competition. It means that no civilian needs to own military type weapons or guns with extended clips. It means that background checks would keep a lot of violent and crazy people from purchasing guns and ammunition.
No one really needs to be packing an AK-47 into a restaurant, store or other public place where it will intimidate people.
What we see now is not sensible gun ownership, but people on the down side of the IQ curve open carrying weapons for attention.
I own weapons. I was on the the US Navy Pistol Team and am probably more skilled with a pistol than most.
I am not scared of terrorist; I am not scared to go downtown unarmed; I am scared as hell when I see some functional retard with a pistol on his belt or a rifle on his shoulder at some public venue.
The Second Amendment was written when there was no standing army and it was necessary to call up a militia when the need arose; and each citizen soldier was expected to provide his own weapon.
We now have a standing military and military reserves, and an armed militia is no longer necessary.
The Second Amendment needs to be redefined.
We now have these soldier wannabees, these military ass sniffers that are too insecure to actually join the military and place themselves in harms way; so they dress up and play militia. You talk about keeping guns out of the hands of mentally ill - these people occupy that grey area just this side of rational.
It is not guns that kill people
It is people that kill people
People with guns.