Having said that, I will attempt to explain my feelings on the subject and why I am an avid supporter of the decision made recently by the U.S. Supreme Court.
To answer your question Mat, I have to go back to the drafters of the Declaration of Independence and the thought process of the forefathers of the US Constitution:
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness."
You see, the original thought process of the forefathers was that government should be held accountable for its actions and have a certain fear not to abuse the ones they govern. It is the fact that those farmers had guns, that allowed them to form a militia and stand up to the tyrant King and his red coat army (whose feelings of superiority of empire....which are alive and well today , have overshadowed their common sense in strategy needed to fight a guerrilla war...wow that almost sound like Iraq..but I digress).
The world is full of oppression and many rights are being taken away by corrupt and fear insighting Governments from people every single day (many of these in the US). When the smoke clears, a gun is the only tool left to protect your liberty, property and family from an enemy (foreign or domestic). The framers of the constitution were certain of one thing; the system of checks and balances must exist to ensure that power was not abused (unfortunately many of these checks and balances have failed). It is my view that gun ownership is the last remaining "control", if you will, against the absolute power and the complete slippage to abusive totalitarian rule.
Now that I'm nearing the end of my rant, do I believe that people should be freely allowed to have guns without any regulation? NO, I do not. I believe that strong regulations must be enforced. I believe that licensing should be required to obtain a gun from all (100%) of dealers. Background checks should be conducted on every applicant (even if it takes a few weeks), a gun safety and training course should also be mandatory as well as a psychological examination and clearance. I also believe that those gun owners with families are required to have everyone in the family attend a gun safety course and a spousal consent should also be required for households with children. I believe that guns could be an effective crime deterrent, but I also believe that people must take responsibilities for their actions.
In conclusion I just want to say something to my "more sensible" friends in the words of Chuck Heston: "You can have my gun...when you pry it from my cold dead hands!"
I can only imagine the red bars coming in after this one