Anytime an intelligent American were to make these highly rational arguments to the conservative population, they would be instantly rebuffed, citing the constitutional right to carry firearms. They would label you unpatriotic, a socialist, and a bleeding-heart liberal. They rationalize that guns don’t kill people, people kill people — and point to attacks perpetrated with an edged weapon, a bomb, etc. to show you that guns aren’t the problem.
Yet, when a Republican administration pushes the Patriot Act into law, effectively eliminating your 4th Amendment rights under circumstances that are ongoing and indefinite, those who support that party don’t hold the conservative agenda responsible. It is hypocrisy at it’s finest, and it’s all for the right to possess tools of death, for “tradition,” for “sport,” or whatever it is. I can understand being a firearm enthusiast, but I can never condone rationalizing that the lives of thousands of Americans are worth less than this antiquated right of possession.