I respect you and Richard's opinions; what would you have us do?<quoted text>
Not at all. I recognize that enough guns are misused, and that guns cause potentially so much more harm than melee weapons, that it's not worth having them so readily available.
What do we do if the government, as so many have done in the past, becomes too corrupt? With the 99%'er out there, the switch to socialism is not too far in our future.
What will you do during a disaster? Most people that I have seen have handled things quite well, but what happens when someone decides that they need your food more than you?
I don't dwell on these two issue much, not very much at all, but I would like to be ready to handle them, when they happen. If I am not mistaken, history does tell us that they will happen.
You are, from what I can tell from your posts, a very intelligent person; how many governments disarmed their people to better control them? How many of those were what we would call, good governments?
I can only think of three, rather small, island nations. Granted, Australia is about the same size as the contiguous states, but few live too far from the coast. And Australia has about 10% of the U.S.'s population.