I can’t own a nuclear weapon. I can’t own a rocket propelled grenade. I can’t own a machine gun.*
So when you tell me that prohibiting the sale or ownership of another classification of firearm is severely restricting your rights to bear arms under the second amendment…well…I say baloney! Banning semi-automatic weapons or assault rifles is simply moving the line in the sand from over there to over here.
But you are right. Some malfeasant will find a way to harm others even if we prevent him from acquiring an AR-15 and a thirty round clip. But if passing a few common sense laws on gun ownership can reduce gun deaths by 5% or maybe 10% or even 20%…what’s the problem with that? Yes, someone intent on mayhem could attack the public with a steak knife, a baseball bat, or a sling shot…but the resulting injury would be significantly less severe with far fewer fatalities. How many children would have died in Connecticut if the killer only had access to a revolver and a single shot bolt action rifle?
*yes I know there are some exceptions