In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court overturned the Washington D.C. ban on handguns, ruling that the Second Amendment (which clearly refers to a "well regulated militia"!), guarantees individuals the right to own firearms for "security." Remember, conservatives usually argue that the Constitution should be interpreted LITERALLY according to the "original intent" of the authors, but NOT in the case of guns and the second amendment. The authors clearly were addressing the right of the states to have MILITIAS (since they opposed a standing national military in peace time). Only "activist" judges could re-interpret the Second Amendment to affirm a right for individuals to own semi-automatic weapons or handguns!
UPDATE: More Than Half Firearm Deaths are Suicides: * Suicides accounted for 55 petcent of 31,000 firearm deaths in 2005 in the U.S. * More gun-related suicides than homocides and accidents in 20 of last 25 years. * Research shows if gun in homes, higher likelihood of suicide or homocide in the home
NRA Gathering Ammo Against Obama No matter how much Obama or any Democratic presidential candidate says they support the "right to bear arms", the NRA will convince millions of gun nuts that he/she is out to take away their guns.