That nothing you post about me is remotely the case, including that last set of random pejoratives. Defensive? Panic? Irrational? Please. That this is you behaving badly - very badly. And that my central thesis throughout - that this one issue, alone in the US political swim, is jammed by irrational extremists on both sides - is illustrated, not contradicted, by this endless spittlelaunching from you. I got nothin'. The spittleflingers have, in my opinion, completely wrecked the machinery of legislation and sound governance in this matter, and only time will allow repair. We can maybe get some reasonable background checks through, some backlash against open carry threats should allow a gain here and there, but not much else. The realistic prospects of beneficial changes are not worth the career of a single good candidate for any office in the country. Just my opinion. Fortunately, big improvements in gun violence rates in the US are available in several ways not as yet pre-trashed. Drug war laws, mass incarceration of black men, militarization of the police, and some sensible improvements in mental health care and the formal handling of domestic abuse, are all on the table. They would not require extraordinary leadership, they have wide popular support, and they are likely to work imho. So that's my suggestion for the near term. But I am. I'm for almost all that stuff. No, I didn't. It's slow and dangerous and unnecessary, but it would eventually work. Nowhere near. The Swiss guns were mercenaries and pastoralists, agents of civilization and authority. Can you imagine a Swiss legend like Shotgun Slade , or a psychotic like Billy the Kid becoming a romantic hero in Switzerland? The fine machinery makers of Switzerland could have invented the peasant rifle or the revolver at any time in the 1600s - but there was no demand, in Swiss society. The US, now - there was. That's not their fault - I blame the high schools. The Constitution is a written document. You have to be able to read, to read it. Yes this is a problem - especially for the gun control advocates here, apparently - but not insurmountable: one places people educated in the liberal arts in positions of legislative and judicial power.