Let me add a few points in support of Don Kennedy’s May 15 AFN guest commentary (“Why the resistance to background checks and why the need for semi-automatics?”).
Here are three web links that readers pro and con might find of interest.
Gun Facts is a web-published treatise on gun control. It is thoroughly referenced. The current edition is 6.2. In its discussion of stricter gun control, is this: “Harris and Klebold violated close to 20 firearms laws in obtaining weapons. Would 21 laws really have made a difference? The two shotguns and one rifle used by Harris and Klebold were purchased by a girlfriend who passed a background check, and the TEC-9 handgun used was already banned,” http://www.gunfacts.info. One more point about Columbine: in addition to the firearms that the murderers used, they also had seeded gasoline bombs and pipe bombs in places throughout the school. With the exception of a diversionary incendiary bomb they detonated in a nearby field, astonishingly, all their bombs in the school failed to detonate.
Quotations from Hitler, Stalin, Mussolini and Mao Tze Tung in support of gun control can be found at http://americainchains2009.wordpress.com/2010/01/24/dictators-and-gun-control. It is useful to keep in mind that each of those figures were wildly popular before their fall. They were populists. Indeed, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor (Edward VIII and Wallis Simson) were admirers.
Among the purposes of the 14th Amendment was to guarantee the Second Amendment to the emancipated slaves, to prevent states from denying the possession to the emancipated slaves. A few points to keep in mind about the founding of our nation: http://www.buckeyefirearms.org/gun-quotations-founding-fathers.
As for myself, my firearms are life-saving tools. Do I need a semi-automatic pistol? A semi-automatic rifle? A shotgun? Thirty rounds? One round? Imponderable questions. I need whatever I can safely handle and whatever might be required to stop the criminal attack.
If you are opposed in various degrees to firearms, enroll in 16 hours of thorough, professional training in the defensive use of firearms. Without such training, almost everything you think you know about firearms and responsible, lawful self defense — pro and con — is wrong. Such training here in the Phoenix area is abundant.