: So many inaccuracies...
"'However I am convinced that putting armed guards in schools is outright daft." So you don't agree with the published fact that Sidwell Friends School - the school where Barack Obama sends his daughters, as well as many of the DC elite - has 11 armed guards on its staff? Not to mention the Secret Service agents assigned to the girls, who most assuredly are also armed? Yeah, there are no armed guards in the elite's schools, let alone the schools attended by the hoi polloi.
"It is unfortunate that the gun lobby is thick with people who fundamentally distrust all government." s/gun lobby/United States/ Americans fundamentally distrust their government - except for the Left that sees it as a benevolent big brother who wants to take good care of the rest of us. The latter seems to predominate in Europe and Canada.
"The 2nd ammendment was written when there was a legitimate fear (based on recent history of crown rule) that a government without the welbeing of the people at heart would impose rule." Dingdingdingding! You are correct, sir! Where you fall down is in believing that the time for that fear has passed.
"For those who think i am anti gun, you are mistaken. I do not own one now, but i almost certainly will once i own a farm. It would most likely be a shotgun or bolt action rifle for coyotes and game." The Second Amendment is not about hunting. It's about refreshing the tree of liberty with the blood of patriots and tyrants.
"I have a hard time seeing the need for assault weapons for any pursuit other than murder or warfare. The slippery slope argument does not strike me as convincing. Rocket launchers are controlled. Why such an issue with assault weapons?" Because, once you strip the loaded language away, you're banning weapons that are functionally identical
with other, politically correct firearms. The only way to define "assault weapon" is cosmetically, and cosmetic features don't mean a thing when you're at the wrong end of it.
"The other issue i have is the money question. The arms industry is very wealthy, and i believe it (and many other industries) hold an unhealthy influence over government." Hate to break this to you, but the companies that sell firearms to civilians are small by comparison to, say, makers of home electronics. Smith & Wesson (NASDAQ: SWHC) has a market capitalization of $583 million and 1453 employees, as one example. Sturm, Ruger and Company (NYSE: RGR) is of similar size, with a market capitalization of $848 million and 1224 employees (and was number 4 on the Forbes Best Small Companies in America list in October 2012). But then, corporations are eeeeevil things to a leftist like you.
"I don't believe arms control will work well in the USA," Then why are you pushing it?
"but I believe even gun proponents should be suspicious of the money being spent on their behalf by arms manufacturers."