"The military has drones, bombs, grenades, tanks, gunships, and plenty of other weapons of mass destruction of which I have little knowledge. We're going to have to go bigger than assault weapons to have a chance against the army, navy, marines, air force, or even the coast guard."
And with all this fire power, what police actions (wars) have we truly won in the past 60 years? Why can't we win wars against these small and poorly armed countries? Guerrilla warfare is pretty effective, especially when those fighters have a cause.
To me the gist of this problem is a philosophical one. The founding documents are derived from several philosophers that had huge influence on our founding fathers. Although there was not 100% agreement on everything, individual rights were first and foremost the center piece of the American Revolution. The founding fathers also tried to put together a government that would be flexible to meet the needs of future generations. But we must keep in mind that our founding fathers did not trust any government -- but they knew a government was needed to protect the rights of every individual (e.g., life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness -- the first draft of the Declaration of Independence included property, which was removed as a compromised although the 3 principles would imply that property rights are included). We have moved from "individual rights" to "the common good." The common good has diluted the rights of individuals. As I posted earlier, everyone should read Dave Chenault's post on his blog.
Again... I don't own any firearms. I don't feel the need to own any at this point in time. However, I am concerned about diluting our individual rights. Gun control isn't going to stop this carnage, and mental health care isn't either. The root cause, IMO, is the breakdown of the family unit in our society. As a country we need to fix the problem person-by-person. If parents don't do their job we are doomed. The government can't fix that. As a parent I want my children and future generations to live in a safe place. As to Miguel's mention of the violence on TV, video games, etc.; he is right. But those things exist because the people vote for them with their money -- they buy this stuff. It is what they want -- sure you can regulate and outlaw them, but the fact remains people want them -- which to me means a failure of good parenting. I know sounds pretty pessimistic.