[Ed. – We’ll let the man have his say. We don’t actually need any of our constitutional rights; people can get along perfectly well without freedom as long as we have food and water. Since we don’t need any of the other rights, we can toss 2A out the window. It’s not like we’re seeing the freedoms of religion, speech, and press being rapidly eroded in the nations of the West that don’t have a right to bear arms, after all. Certainly not in the Mother Country, where they’re proposing to incarcerate people for merely viewing “far-right propaganda.”]
I have never understood the conservative fetish for the Second Amendment.
From a law-and-order standpoint, more guns means more murder. “States with higher rates of gun ownership had disproportionately large numbers of deaths from firearm-related homicides,” noted one exhaustive 2013 study in the American Journal of Public Health.
From a personal-safety standpoint, more guns means less safety. The F.B.I. counted a total of 268 “justifiable homicides” by private citizens involving firearms in 2015; that is, felons killed in the course of committing a felony. Yet that same year, there were 489 “unintentional firearms deaths” in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Between 77 and 141 of those killed were children.