I was watching the NBC Nightly News tonight and saw a story about the number of people buying M-16s for recreational purposes since the end of the assault rifle ban and how that ban isn't likely to return because these people don't want to give up their new found weaponry. Their rationalization seemed to be that a few bad apples (such as the Virginia Tech shooter) shouldn't ruin honest people's fun.
Then I read this story: Police deaths up sharply in first half of year with the subtitle: Officials blame more violent criminals with deadlier guns after lapse of ban.
These two stories put contrasting images in my head. The first of someone playing harmlessly at a shooting range. The second of 101 police officers being murdered in the first 6 months of this year.
Should anyone in the second group be an acceptable sacrifice to keep the first group happy?