"The Second Amendment reads: “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.” Thus, the point of the Second Amendment is to ensure “security,” not undermine it."
— While there are militias, their authority and aims are illegitimate because the state of domestic security is much better established now than at the time the Constitution was written. And a rampage by a man with a muzzle loader is not in the same category as one perpetrated with a modern semiautomatic.
"If you live in America, you are four times more likely to be murdered than if you live in Britain, almost six times more likely than in Germany, and 13 times more likely than in Japan."
— Guns don’t kill crowds of innocent people, explain our leader writers. Maniacs with easy access to military-grade weapons do. (via theeconomist)