I notice the story has been edited to remove the reference to a "cache of weapons." One would hope the reporter or his editor realized it was a loaded phrase on their own, but it was more probably the result of a gentle nudge from Burress' lawyer.
As a Democrat, I have no problem with guns, as such. I have no objection to home defense, but (and this will anger many, I suppose) I think most Americans who think they need a carry gun are paranoid. I truly don't mean to insult anyone here (especially if they do carry guns
). (Yeah, yeah, yeah, when the time comes that I need it and don't have it I'll be sorry. If it happens I'll admit I was wrong. I calculate the odds of that being the same as Jessica Alba randomly dropping by for a booty call with me
I have no problem with hunting, though I don't hunt. It looks cold and uncomfortable. I especially have no problem with target shooting as that is why I own a variety of pistols (otherwise known as a "cache of weapons").
I like the system in my state. Register for a background check with the local police department to buy a gun. Renew every year. Classes and another permit process to carry one concealed. I like the classes and permit process for that, but I don't like that it is legal. In my business I've run across three clients just this past year who were lunatics and also had concealed carry permits.
And, yes, auto weapons and assault rifle styles should not be sold to the public. However, the 1990s ten round magazine limit was stupid and pointless.
The NRA lucked out with the recent BS Supreme Court decision. I love owning guns, but I sure as hell don't have a Second Amendment right to one. My gun ownership has nothing to do with being a member of a well regulated militia needful for the security of the state. I have always thought the proper Constitutional argument for gun ownership should have been based on the Ninth Amendment, towit; Self defense with a gun until the police can arrive to take charge of the situation is a right which was not originally articulated by the Constitution because it was assumed and implied at the time the Constitution was written. However, it is a right that exists anyway.