I have always been ambivalent about guns and the 2nd amendment. I understood the arguments on both sides, but I felt primarily that armed robbery and even murder rates would decrease greatly if guns were outlawed. Ironically, many years ago I did learn to handle and shoot a gun at a firing range and enjoyed the experience. (I forget the caliber, but I think it was a .38?? Sorry if that number doesn't make sense). Anyway, after watching several days of coverage of criminals shooting rescuers and raping women in New Orleans, I have come to the conclusion that we'd better damn well have the right to keep firearms. Apart from guaranteeing the citizenry the right to bear arms in case the government goes amok, the police are simply not always going to be able to protect us. Thugs will still be able and willing to rape and rob without guns, but I can't realistically protect myself from a knife-wielding thug without one. I know this conculsion must seem wrong to some. And yet to others, this conclusion must seem pretty obvious and long overdue. But the light bulb just came on for me, and I wanted to share to news.