Really, I didn't mean my comment to degenerate into a "stupid american gun culture" meme (wishful thinking ;-) ). +Mitch Patenaude
I believe (note: I haven't really followed this much, I don't live in the US anymore) that the SCOTUS has generally ruled that the 2nd amendment applies to private citizens not involved in the national guard or whatever "regulated militia", and I (personally) think that's the correct interpretation of the wording. However, that's not really my question.
Obviously, having the SCOTUS to rule that the 2nd amendment doesn't apply unless you're part of, say, the national guard would allow legislation that would/could stop a large percentage of these (ban sale and ownership of guns, etc) crimes.
I come from a "let's not create laws just to make us feel good or like we're 'doing something'" philosophy. All the "think of the children" type laws/rules come from that place. So, let's say that Obama (or anyone) could draft these 'common sense' (or whatever phrasing) gun laws. What would they look like, and (more importantly) would they really
solve/prevent anything or just make us feel better for "doing something". If it just stopped, say, 5% of these, would everyone feel ok with 95% of them, or do we need more, and what would those laws look like?
I'm asking because, as I said above, given the fact of the 2nd amendment, I just don't think much, if anything, can be done that would have a real impact.