I would tend to agree Bill (except that court decisions have extended the understanding to protection of homes and so on). States have National Guards and some have State Defense Forces (true citizen soldiers) rendering the original concept a bit obsolete. But the problem in the US goes beyond guns to culture. Most weapons used in crimes are illegally obtained (even an MSNBC analyst acknowledged that) and new laws aren't going to really impact that as he noted (and as law enforcement has noted). Generally the killings aren't NRA members. The US culture is problematic (Chicago) and all of those people who have road rage incidents involving a weapon where they get angry and grab the gun they have stuffed in the glove box. No doubt we could tighten up in terms of mental health and age. Access is a little too easy. Are more people killed in drunk driving than mass shootings with legally obtained weapons? The cost of alcohol to our society is massive (illness, abuse, death, etc).