I don't understand why guns are such a large part of the "American way of life". Do you really need an automatic rifle to hunt? I don't think so. An automatic handgun I can see. But seriously. Why do you really want automatic weapons? In the last two months two men have walked into public locations, that our supposed to be safe, with automatic riffles and murdered people. Is your right to carry arms more important then public safety?
Should we all start carrying guns with us every time we go to a movie theater? I'm sure you'd say yes, because someone would be able to shot the attacker. But that's nonsense. In the time it takes you to pull your own gun out you might already be dead. Did you think of that?
Do we really want armed guards posted at every public school in the nation. That would not only scare the daylights out of children, it would also cost a lot of money. Who pays for that? We do. The ability to purchase and use heavy artillery does not make anyone safe.
You should really take a look at the second amendment and it's history. The reason we have a right to bear arms is because our founding father's were actively engaged in a revolt. The need for armed citizens was important to them, so that our country could exists. However the right to bear arms was only permitted in a well regulated militia. So unless you're a part of a well regulated militia there is absolutely no reason for anyone to be permitted to purchase automatic rifles at all. They weren't designed to kill animals. They were designed to kill people.
Shotguns and handguns fine. But automatic rifles. Come on. Times have changed and this steadfast dedication to a right written over two hundred years ago is ridiculous. Do you believe that only white male land owners have rights? The founding father's believed that too. Times change and regulations need to change. Look around, times have changed and something needs to be done.
We also have the right to revolt. There have been lot's of people who have not agreed with our governments practices. Holding on to the "right to bear arms" is ridiculous. Do you hold steadfast to all the outdated statements in the constitution? No, it's just this one. Absolutely ridiculous. This whole debate is ridiculous. Obviously something isn't working and it needs to change. Get over it.