There's going to be a fair amount of devil's advocacy going on here, so bear with me. Obviously, there's a problem with gun violence in America. I don't know what the MURDER rates (not to be confused with GUN deaths) are in some European countries (for example), but obviously America leads the pack in the non-developing world for gun deaths to civilian population (although, of course, gun deaths and massacres in Africa are a horrible, horrible thing). So what's the solution? Should I buy a gun myself, and put it at the bottom of my schoolbag, on the off chance that someone comes into my class and starts shooting up the place? Of course, it's a ludicrous idea, and the odds are very small <knock on wood> that something like that would happen at my college, but I hate the idea, as it is said in Alan Moore's Watchmen that we are allowed to exist on the whims of murderers, and that it is by lucky chance that I wasn't one of the 12,000 Americans - including dozens of students IN SCHOOL - killed last year with a gun. Do I hide out in my apartment, fearing murder less, but avoiding all the better things in life? Do people in other countries feel the same way sometimes? I have no idea. Obviously, OBVIOUSLY, violence has been a fact of life in other times/places, but to go from feeling relatively "safe" to "not so much" is unnerving. As Henry Jones said to Indy in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, "Those people are trying to kill us! It's a new experience for me," to have his son respond: "I KNOW DAD! It happens to me all the time." Do I start fericiously writing letters to the next president, begging him to implement far stricter gun control laws? What do I do between now and then, if we're even lucky enough to have change at all? 2nd Ammendment: A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed. Honestly, I don't see a lot of well regulated Militia's in this place. But whatever. Hope that nothing happens to me? Again, the chances are <small> but they've felt surprisingly increased as of late. Responses from home and abroad welcomed.