Early yesterday morning a local man here in Phoenix shot an intruder attempting to break into his house at 2am. The man was protecting his two young children and warned the intruder several times before shooting the intruder. The man died of his gun shots later, charges are not going to be filed against the man and they shouldn't be.
This is what protecting your family with firearms is supposed to be about, not what you're using but the fact of stopping someone from hurting your family. This story isn't the lone one of someone protecting their family, it just doesn't usually get an attention other than a passing note in the town it happens in. Firearms are used everyday to protect and harm, the question is why do so many use them to harm? The question never seems to fully asked about why suddenly these shootings are happening more often.
The goal of the founders was to have an armed public to defend itself from all, that included its own government should the need arise. It's never been about muskets, pistols, long rifles but about citizens being able to protect themselves from harm no matter what. The gun control people believe that taking away the guns from normal citizens will somehow reduce violent gun crimes.
The above situation could have a much different result if the criminal is the only one with a firearm because they really don't obey laws. The police can't be everywhere, they could be minutes away and that might cost you or somebody you love their life. Mass shootings are going to continue to happen, not just because of guns but the many reasons people have lost respect for human life. That homeowner yesterday morning didn't wake up thinking of shooting anyone, it just turned out that defending his family meant taking a life. I guarantee you that he wishes that didn't happen, no responsible gun owner dreams of taking someone's life.
The anti-gun lobby has painted all gun owners as crazy gun nuts who don't care about what happens to innocent people. We care deeply, it's why millions of gun owners in this country have never shot anybody but some wish to punish us all for the acts of madmen. There are no words of comfort for the victims, none and trying to take away law-abiding citizens weapons will not change that. In are free and open society banning anything has never worked, from alcohol, drugs or gambling. People who have a mind to break laws will do so, that certainly isn't going to change.
Freedom and Liberty are the cornerstones of America, sometimes those liberty's give criminals, madmen or our government to do wrong to innocent people. We have lost our way about each other, mindlessly committing acts of violence against each other for meaningless reasons. We have a broken education system, horrible mental health care, yet blame for these acts fall upon gun owners. Nobody can stop all evil from happening, until we start respecting life and each other these events will continue no matter how many guns you ban.