What you fail to understand, Jed, is that the Second Amendment is not about hunting, or target shooting, or any other asinine garbage. It's about average people having the tools to kill criminals, whether they are in government or not. And the most deadly kind happen to be the most useful for that purpose. So spare me your pathetic lies about not wanting to take away my rights.
Its said that guns don't kill people, people kill people. True, but as a psychotherapist for the last 40 plus years, I've learned that its a lot easier to keep the most dangerous weapons out of the hands of as many people as we can, than to try to change the minds of crazy people. I don't want to take away your rights to own a gun, just the most deadly kind.
How many people are killed in each state by morons talking or texting on their cellphones while driving? The useful idiots in the anti-gun crowd will be milking the Denver shooting endlessly trying to ban guns. The only things that are really on the rise, worldwide, are the levels of stupidity, depravity and indifference. The useful idiots should join in promoting "do unto others" instead.
ROFLMAO... someone should teach these morons what "per capita" means. A per capita murder rate of greater than one would mean that everyone in a particular state would have been killed that year. Oops. And I'd like to know what they mean when they say 8,775 murders were "caused by firearms." How did the firearm cause the murder? Did it whisper something bad in someone's ear?