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.
The preamble to our Constitution includes the phrase ".... in Order to form a more perfect Union". The killing (accidental and deliberate) ranges from 75,000 to 100,000 each year. This is hardly a definition of a "perfect Union. What is it about the 2nd Amendment, either in its concept or its sentence structure, that is responsible for our national tragedy. We can develop legislation, and argue legalities, but I think we need to closely analyze the intent of "our Founding Fathers" of those 27 words, or come to an understanding of the flaws. We really cannot continue as we have. What is it going to take to form a "more perfect Union?"
2. In is inevitable that on the first sweep of meaningful legislation to come out of Congress (yes, I am very optimistic) the low-hanging fruit will deliver a ban on assault rifles. At the same time, or maybe shortly behind, will be legislation to do background checks on gun sales and ammunition. The argument has been that we need to make sure that the mentally unstable, felons, and people with suspicious histories should not be on the receiving end of guns and ammunition. So, this is the best time to make that happen:
-- Benjamin Disraeli
-- Simon Cameron
-- Rod Serling