Never mind that the words "well regulated militia" come before "the right of the people to keep and bear arms" in the text of the Second Amendment. As Kevin Williamson of National Review magazine says: "The courts are very friendly to gun rights at the moment".
"Frankly what I experienced was when there was a shooter, luckily we had Capitol Police there with their own guns".
I call that the "Wild West/NRA" mentality.
I know that this blog has readers in the USA and some of you may think I'm speaking out of turn.
We live in a country whose slave-holding Founding Fathers devised a Constitution with a Second Amendment. Because last weekend, we witnessed the deadliest mass shooting in modern USA history with 59 people being murdered and another 500 injured in Las Vegas. President Donald Trump has declared himself an ardent backer of gun rights and has moved to roll back some of the executive actions President Barack Obama took to tighten access.
The sheer number of mass shootings in America means that presidents - and recent presidents more than most - have had to deal with the aftermath.
To be sure, efforts to soften rather than harden gun laws have continued, too, advanced by Republicans' control of a majority of legislatures and 35 governor's offices.
So this time, instead of rehearsing the same exhausted arguments about ideas that wouldn't change anything, perhaps the left can tell us what they really want and let the country have an honest debate.
President Trump has us anxious about foreign entities coming here to do us harm. It's not safe to go to school, to go to a church, a mosque, a temple, a synagogue, to go to a movie, go to a dance. I continue to argue for the acceptance of this view to little or no avail. When pressed he said, "I believe that it says we have the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness". First of all, I had long known that a semiautomatic rifle, including the AR-15 style models, could be illegally modified for full automatic operation if you knew how to do it.
Second, I'd never heard of a "bump stock" before this week. I am just saying. In fact, it is just the opposite.
Added Maniloff: "I would not be surprised to see claims against Mandalay Bay", the casino-hotel the killer used as his base, "for failing to prevent the shooter from getting into the casino with an arsenal".
According federal crime data, the states with the highest gun ownership rates have a gun murder rate 114 percent higher than those with the lowest gun ownership rates.
Its allies may have squashed efforts in Congress and the Pennsylvania General Assembly to force gun owners to carry liability insurance, as states require drivers to.
I find it so interesting that so many conservatives have two outrageously flawed notions about terrorism and guns. I think that we can have those policy conversations, but today is not that day.
Second notion - the real terrorists are Muslims and maybe Mexicans (that's why we need to build a wall). The thing is, I'm not surprised. And the result is that about 30,000 people are killed by firearms in America each year compared to a few hundred or less in most European countries. Hmmm... does anyone actually have evidence proving this notion?
A final note. I wrote and submitted this blog three days before Las Vegas.
This is an important moment to stand with Dreamers, the almost 800,000 young people who are contributing to the economy and their communities-but who would lose their jobs, be kicked out of school and potentially even be deported if they lose DACA protections, the contract they entered into in good faith.