In the recent debate about gun control, I am leaning in the direction of the President. Although pretty conservative economically and socially for the most part, I have no problem with some forms of gun control. The right to own a handgun and a hunting rifle are rights that I can accept as part of a true democracy. Owning assault weapons is another story. The conservative right seems to be countering gun control legislation with a lot of ideological arguments rather than practical arguments. Practically, outlawing assault weapons hurts no one. Gun manufacturers will still be able to make handguns and hunting rifles. The very few of us that own assault weapons might be hurt hobby-wise, but not economically.
The right to bear arms is not an absolute right, but a right that can have restrictions. Just like the right to free speech or the right of association. Cars are weapons, but much care has been taken in restricting people to speed limits and instituting mandatory safety features. If anyone has a practical, rather than ideological argument to the current gun control legislation, I would like to hear from you.
There is some hypocracy in President Obama's calling out of the Republicans who oppose gun legislation just to get votes from the NRA crowd. Just a month ago, President Obama opposed right to work legislation in Detroit due to his support from the Unions.