Now begins the endless banter between gun right advocates and those who seek to disarm the nation.
News flash...Criminals don't abide by laws.
(that kind of defines a criminal)
What Mr. Holmes did was akin to tying the victims hands then beating them senselessly. Had they had a means of self defense, the bully couldn't have taken advantage of them, and most likely would have weighed his odds and rethought this attack. The second amendment gives us the right to no longer be a victim. Had Mr. Holmes not been permitted to buy a weapon, he'd have resorted to another resource to complete his horrible mission. Unarmed citizens are victims waiting to be taken advantage of, If that little old man from the Florida Internet cafe that used his firearm to thwart the bullies who sought to take advantage of those patrons been in the front row, I daresay there would be but 1 funeral in this aftermath, the bully's.
The ability to defend oneself is a God given right, and is only denied an individual by those who seek to subject them to tyranny. Beware of those who wish to disarm the public for the good of the people. That phrase, "good of the people," should be a warning trigger. It's straight out of the Communist Manifesto. The people are more than capable of knowing what's good for themselves, they don't need government to micro manage their lives.
The mission of a government "of the people, for the people, and by the people, " is to do for the community what it cannot do for itself. The individual is quite capable of buying a firearm and learning how to defend themselves. The government's job is to protect our property so we can leave our homes and live productive lives, and not worry about a bully removing our goods. They have the duty to prevent anarchy and chaos, for the people when they can't be around to do it for themselves, because we are enjoying the advantages of freedom. To assist the public in protecting their property is to promote freedom. Attempting to disarm Americans, is to set them up to be the victims of those who choose not to obey laws and possess weapons.