A good editorial in Baja's Sunday fish wrapper pointed out that the nation has always had gun control, from the get-go. The Founders never intended that every citizen would be armed and the entire intent of the 2nd Amendment was to provide for a citizen militia as there was no standing army in those days. Militiamen were issued particular types of military weaponry not available to the average citizen and they were each registered with detailed instructions on keeping them and the required gun powder safe and dry.
The media portrays the Wild West as a gun-slinging free-for-all when in fact, in Dodge City, Kansas (where Matt Dillon shot someone every week) between 1877 and 1886 there were an average of only 1.5 murders per year. Although there were plenty of guns in the West, for the most part they were in the wilderness, not in town where most communities made it against the law to carry a firearm and you were required to check yours in at the local sheriff's office.
Even during the Roaring Twenties when the Tommy Gun became the weapon de jour, they were quickly outlawed by laws passed in 1934 & '38. Those laws banned machine guns, taxed certain firearms, required some gun owners to register their weapons and created a licensing system for sending guns across state lines.
So, all of this gun rights hoopla going on today is just a bunch of crap stirred up by the gun industry through their lackey, the National Rifle Association, for the purpose of.... of course... selling guns! Capitalist greed. Plain and simple.
When confronted by one of those idiots who pronounce the 2nd Amendment guarantees their right to own a gun, simply point out to them that the 1st Amendment guarantees the right of free speech but that it's still unlawful to yell "fire" in a crowded theater.
Gonna be on the road this week and away from the computer but will try to check in from time to time. Meanwhile, I'll leave you with a little beauty. A candle festival in Thailand.