I go back and forth on this gun control thing. Growing up in rural Texas with a father who hunted and who during the Cuban missile crisis got his rifle out of the closet and got it ready, I favor the Second Amendment and the right to bear arms. I cannot imagine that the founders who, however elitist, did not recognize the dangers of new settlers making their way unarmed through the wild forests of a new country. It is nonsense to think that individual citizens cannot protect themselves. And I cannot imagine that anyone would think that citizens cannot use whatever means to defend themselves against oppression. Think Hafez al Assad in Syria and his father, Bashar al Assad, or Joe Arpaio of Arizona for that matter. I am glad Hispanics or Latinos have the Second Amendment as their last resort.
On the other hand, the violence wrought by handguns and the possession of larger weapons really is a wholly different matter. But how do you control the possession of arms so that someone like the shooter in Denver today would not have been able to do the damage he did this morning?