From a piece I wrote in July of 2016:
Guns. Guns. Guns.
I believe in the 2nd amendment. I believe that a population has the right to bear arms for two reasons. The first is attack by outside enemies of the state in which an armed population is a deterrent and resistance towards the outside attackers. The second case is the rare case that the citizens need to rise up and forcefully take back power from a government that has abducted power from those citizens. (Of course a preferred method of ensuring a government entity does not take too much power from the people it serves is by the citizens taking an active part in politics and the political process.)
I am not a weapons expert but in neither of those cases are hand guns or automatic weapons necessary.
If anyone has a rational, scientific argument that the number of and easy access to guns in this country had benefited anyone other than the gun manufacturers, I am willing to listen. But until I hear a valid argument in favor of guns, I remain convinced that the US as a country and society is worse off due to the prevalence of guns.