effective killing machine that you claim, why do you need guns to protect yourself? Couldn't you just use your car? Don't compare apples and oranges
So, the counter argument to the stupid "cars kill more people" is even more stupid.
Burts position seems to be that he is OK with being raped or beaten or robbed but not killed. I would like to live in a world where I can prevent me or my family from violent crime as well as murder, how I choose to do that should be up to me and my comfort level. I dont choose to have a gun by the bedside or an AR by the door.
But my neighbor may, and as long as I dont attack him or his family I am perfectly safe. I happen to think the overwhelming majority of Americans and American gun owners are good responsible people. I think some of the militant gun owners are a little goofy, but I dont think they are a threat to me or my family.
I do think that mentally ill kids raised in an atmosphere of violence that gets more and more extreme become desensitized and they devalue human life, including their own.