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"But there is no way to weed

"But there is no way to weed out the bad people and single them out without getting good people in the mix too."

Right, and that's part of my point. Yes, it's hard to weed out the bad people -- but it doesn't mean that we can't try to make it hard for them to get their semi-automatic weapons. And if it means making everyone (including good people) submit to background checks, I don't see a problem with that.

There are some who think that having a background check on guns places an unreasonable burden on exercising a fundamental constitutional right, and that it infringes on the 2nd amendment. I disagree wholeheartedly with that -- it really depends on what you mean by "infringement". If people with clean backgrounds can still own guns provided they subject themselves to the checks, it's well within the 2nd amendment provisions.

This brings us to a larger point: that for some reason, we (especially the libertarian movement) treat the constitution as sacrosanct, almost as some kind of religious text. The constitution was written by human beings. Great human beings, but nevertheless human, and thus not perfect. In fact, Thomas Jefferson himself said that we should revise it every 19 years -- perhaps because he understood that in the case of things like the 2nd amendment, weaponry would get more advanced (we would go from muskets to semi-automatic weapons), and it would get much easier to kill a lot of people in a short time.