If people in Colorado had been carrying weapons they would've shot back.
Answer me this:
If someone walks into a pre-school and kills 20 children with a tanto knife or katana -- do we ban all knives and swords?
You forget and ignore history....Yeah the local hicks with their handguns and shotguns stand a great chance against a M1A1 and an A10. That clause meant something once, but is redundant now.
Your position is an admirable one, but ultimately flawed and misplaced, as you are willing to place your faith and ultimately life in the hands of government. If we lived in a perfect world I would agree with you, but we most certainly do not."You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass."
-- Isoroku Yamamoto, Commander-in-Chief of the Imperial Japanese Navy during World War II.
The biggest killer of innocent civilians throughout the history of mankind are... their own governments, not enemy troops and not foreign governments. Their own leaders -- look it up, it's called democide.
The statistics are staggering.
No one cares for, and loves for, your family and your life more than you do. No one is going to protect them but yourself if someone invades your house, invades your country, breaks the law, or attempts to override the rule of law.
It has been that way since the beginning of time, it remains that way today.