James, Just a few points.. As far as the 2nd Ammendment goes, dissect it a little. 1) "Well-regulated" meant what "well-trained" means today. It meant that you knew how to handle, clean and operate your firearm. 2) "Militia" meant anyone who could be called up to defend the town REGARDLESS of what the threat was. In other words, it WAS the town populace and not the National Guard as has become it's colloquial meaning. 3) Look at the latter part: "The right of the PEOPLE" (emphasis mine) "shall not be infringed". It does NOT say the right of the MILITIA shall not be infringed. That being said, I *could* be convinced that the "well-regulated" clause could be fairly interpreted to mean that you have to pass some sort of test - gun safety course, demonstrate some proficiency, etc. - in order to have your weapon. To me, that satisfies both sides. Someone who wants a firearm for protection should bloody well know how to use it. Those who are concerned about "any yahoo" having a gun would at least know the person knew how to use it and wasn't indiscriminately shooting blind.