The second amendment of the United States Constitution states allows

"A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free State,

the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed," according to the Cornell Law School website.

Obviously the need for a state militia has been replaced by the National

Guard and Coast Guard whereby trained military personnel are entrusted with

the defense of this country against domestic enemies. Their weapons are

tightly controlled and safeguarded.

The only two reasons for a citizen to own a firearm are for hunting or

defense of the household from intruders. In either case, ownership of a

handgun, shotgun or rifle is more than adequate to satisfy these purposes.

There is absolutely no need for any U.S. civilian to own any weapon more

powerful or sophisticated than these.

Accordingly, all handguns, shotguns and rifles must be licensed and

registered to the degree necessary to match weapon to owner at the click

of a computer key. Furthermore, we must guarantee that the mentally ill

do not gain access to them under any circumstances. Finally, if we had

prohibited the purchase of more sophisticated weapons, several innocent

victims would not have died or been harmed at shopping malls, college

campuses, congressional meetings, churches and now concerts. We as

a country must deal with this issue immediately lest our society fall back

to the days when everyone carried a holster.

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MathStudent

"...the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed." You are very dismissive of the second half of the second amendment. Also, AR-15's (the RIFLE used in Las Vegas) is considered a modern sporting rifle and is used to hunt in many states to include the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. It is very easy to blame the gun in these situations, I think a more productive exercise would be to examine the person that committed the crime.

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