@LarryMohr at 2015-02-09 10:12 PM | Reply
"The Court did endorse the "the historical tradition of prohibiting the carrying of 'dangerous and unusual weapons,'" but did not state whether such weapons include assault weapons or semi-automatic weapons."
Your bias is showing. "assault weapons" are a media invention, not a technical definition.
The Supreme Court actually has not taken up many 2cd Amendment cases the famous US vs Miller regarding the legality of a short barreled shotgun found the weapon to be illegal because:
"The Second Amendment protects only the ownership of military-type weapons appropriate for use in an organized militia.
The "double barrel 12-gauge Stevens shotgun having a barrel less than 18 inches in length, bearing identification number 76230" was never used in any militia organization."
Of course "military-type weapons" are exactly what the anti-firearm crowd call "assault weapons".
Semi-automatic firearms, more properly called self loading, are the primary type of firearm manufactured for the last 100+ years.
Attempting to classify them as "dangerous and unusual" is factually and technically incorrect.
Suicide while certainly illegal is not caused by firearms, any assertion that deliberate self murder is a "gun" problem is a logical fallacy.
Of course the quote:
Millions of Americans have a gun in their homes thinking that it makes their family safer, but every day in our nation, dozens of these families learn just how dangerous and tragic that miscalculation can be," said Dan Gross, the center's president. "The bottom line is: having a gun in the home dramatically increases the danger that a child will be shot and killed."
Shows exactly the level of hyperbole, fear mongering, propaganda demonstrated by the anti-firearm organizations in general and the Brady Center in particular use to mask the true goal of their organization which is to ban civilian ownership of firearms especially handguns as reflected in the Brady Center's original name Handgun Control Inc..
dozens/millions is not a statistically relevant and certainly can't be used to demonstrate that "a gun in the home dramatically increases the danger that a child will be shot and killed."
As ever the arguments against civilian ownership of firearms are emotional rather than factual.
Outlaw all civilian ownership of firearms and we will still have crime, eliminate crime and firearms are no longer an issue.
The reality is we will never eliminate crime or even injury and death at the hands of the distracted, unaware, careless, or the criminal.