"My problem is the danger these weapons pose in the hands of the law abiding citizen's crazy, suicidal teen aged son who wants to kill all the people in his school. You're right, criminals will always find ways to get weapons.......Crazies will not.
There is no EASY answer to this problem from either the NRA or the ACLU side.
I like to apply a "Common Sense" test, rather than a "Constitutional Rights" test to these dilemmas: Weigh the potential danger a particular weapon poses to society vs it's utility for any lawful purpose, & let an elected group of our reps debate & decide each case. Untidy---Yes...but How else can you do it??"
When it comes to laws, limitations of peoples' rights, and limitations on government, I will err constantly on the side of allowing The People their rights, and the government their limitations.
Evaluate any law from the basis of the harm it could do if abused, not the benefit to society if used in the manner the authors meant it. Every gun control law that has ever been passed in this country has been used to keep honest and law abiding people from having and carrying firearms. Meanwhile, not throwing a single obstacle up in front of anyone inclined to say, "The hell with the law."
Crazy nephews pose some degree of risk with any weapon, even a machete or a motor vehicle. I'd feel a whole lot safer if I were simply allowed to carry where ever I go. School, court, church, the bar, restaurant... where ever.
Can't do that? Horrifying? Terribly dangerous? Since when did laws against having a gun in school ever stop a school shooting? Been two or three incidents over the past ten or so years where people have intervened in school shootings with a firearm and stopped them. What if those people had said, "Well, gee, I am not supposed to go on school property with a gun. I'll just wait for the police." How many more would have died?
Unless you need a truck to haul it, a trailer to carry the ammo, and it has "NO", "NONE", "absolutely nothing" legal that can be done with it, I have a right to it and will not give that right away or up, to the altar of some false sense of safety and security. Only one thing can come from going down that road. England and Australia, and much of Europe is already there, and they're not coming back. And, it's not working any better now than when any law abiding person could have a gun.
"Weapons" don't pose a danger to society. There's where we're having problems with the gun control side of the argument. "People" with weapons pose a danger to society.
Doubt it? Okay... how come if 80,000,000 people own firearms, over 300,000,000 firearms, more people aren't shot every year? If "weapons" pose a "danger to society", those states and areas in the country with the most "weapons" should be the ones with bodies laying in the streets. But they're not... fact is, where guns are banned that is happening.