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Kontra, face it. Idiots who are malevolent tend to gravitate towards guns. Now, I'm not saying that all gun owners are idiots or malevolent, far from it. But there is a significant amount of anti-social (read those reports, the neighbors all say that the Hains did not mingle with anyone in the community) and malevolent people who gravitate to guns like a magnet.
Why need a gun unless you are either suspicious, scared, untrusting or just hate other people? There are plenty of good people who are scared. There are plenty of damaged people who are suspicious and untrusting. And there are plenty of evil people who just hate other people.
Sorry if I don't wax poetic about the glories of gun showmanship as much as Mrs. Hain did.
Beyond the malevolent just plain evil nasty people having an easier time killing with than without a gun, as the Mrs. shows, it is common that people shoot people they love. You very very rarely read about someone accidentally strangling their loved ones, or accidentally beating them to death with a baseball bat.
Even among just plain bad people, there are those who can maintain malevolence against their target to the exclusion of reason or empathetic impulses indefinitely. That subset, if they have the temprament, may be much more capable of committing the same crimes, though still not as able. As the Mrs. points out, you would have a very difficult time clubbing to death dozens of people with a baseball bat (many of whom are stronger and quicker than you, in the Columbine case -- this was a specific case of relatively unathletic nerds infuriated by more physically fit jocks.)
Kontra, you can argue "rights" arguments all you want. What you cannot successfully argue is that the availability of guns does not magnify the likelihood of a violent crime.
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Does anyone realize that this guy was a law enforcement officer? We should take guns away from Cops because of this.
See perfect example... obviously Rodney King would not be alive had the local gendarmerie behaved like the national guardsmen keeping order by shooting hippies at Kent State, just for example. (Cue "they had it coming" complaints.)
In the hands of a drunk an automobile is a dangerous weapon.
A gun, according to the courts, is not.
Had there been automobiles when the founding fathers wrote, and had someone decided the car was basic to the American lifestyle, we would have groups called Drunks Against Mad Mothers saying "you can have my keys when you pry them from my cold dead hands."