Originally Posted by Son Of Coco
Being against gun control is part of getting your American citizenship though isn't it?
I find it interesting that you get the 'right to bear arms' argument from many American citizens when the constitution they refer to was drafted back in the 1700's. Am pretty sure they weren't aware semi-automatic weapons would be invented back then. Let alone used on their own citizens whenever anyone got a text message they didn't like.
I think while some do believe that the right is necessary to 'keep government in check' - I think most people realize that in the modern age you won't have much of a chance going against an air-strike or an armored batallion with your 1901 Winfield Rifle, if the government does decide to violently suppress you. People still want it because the culture is different - people go to the range a lot, hunt a lot, etc..and generally just prefer having a gun at home for protection.
I think many people, including a large number of democrats, simply like owning guns and they don't want to give that up.
I know it sounds weird to people in Europe, but people here would rather live in a society where this happens occasionally than part with their guns. Every society has to decide how much risk it wants to take in any area.