When Obama took part in the recent CNN town hall on gun violence, he noted, "There's nothing else in our lives that we purchase where we don't try to make it a little safer if we can." It's a fact that in the US, the federal government regulates every consumer product for health and safety, except for one: guns.
I happen to believe the "right to bear arms" portion of the Second Amendment is inextricably linked to "well-regulated," which means there is a role for government in the debate. That role should not be onerous, but its mere presence should not produce clarion calls of paranoia that government is out to take away all guns.
If hundreds of women were gunning down hundreds of kids in schools, the budget reconciliation bill in Washington this week would include the amendment to defund Planned Parenthood that infringes on a woman's constitutional right to not bear a child and another amendment to infringe on her right to bear arms.
Is the "fun" of a gun enthusiast owning and shooting weapons that can be easily converted to automatic status a national security risk in this age of terrorism where anyone in a population can be radicalized? Are our lax gun laws, designed for maximum profit of the weapons manufacturers, now a liability?