This is about as simple minded as one can get; because even though it might sound logical it is based on a false premise from which everything that follows is distorted to fit the premise it presupposes. I learned that back in Logic Class.
The individual is not only best qualified to provide his own personal defense, he is the only one qualified to do so: and his right to do so is guaranteed by the Constitution.
I'm sure the wackos that slaughtered the 20 children in Newtown or the guy that tried to mow down a theater full of people, or the many other lose cannons roaming our streets would agree wholeheartedly with this childish notion. Would rational law abiding gun bearing Americans agree? I would hope not. If they do I'm it has to do more with their investments in the gun industry or the military industrial complex. Anything to make a buck; right folks?
People forget that the Constitution was written in a time when people just broke free from a government on another continent which, in their opinion, were now occupiers. Who's occupying the USA today. Who are we actually arming ourselves against today? The government that we freely elected into office? No need to shoot them out of office; just vote them out and expose those paid to put them in office. It's called democracy and is something the Constitution offers us if we could just get to the voting booth instead of a gun show.
Assault weapons and 100 round ammo clips are not "guaranteed" in the Constitution. Those men were referring to single shot (takes 5 minutes to reload) muskets. However, we are guaranteed "life-liberty-and the pursuit of happiness" which is difficult to experience if you have to be constantly living in a sate of constant readiness to duck for cover to avoid a barrage of lead being thrown at you because a bunch of idiots said the Constitution was written to protect their rights.
Gimme a break!
Next thing you'll want me to believe is that God created the world a few thousand years ago, and the Brooklyn Bridge is up for sale.
I won't disagree that many Americans are gullible and prone to paranoia, still afraid of the "boogeyman" coming to get them but I'm sure most of them are intelligent enough to see through the BS and fear mongering and realize we are not living in Iraq or Afghanistan and those guys running around in the hills are not on their way to our shores. The only way we make that a real experience is by invading their shores.
So, my suggestion is that the author stop and think before taking fingers to keyboard and keep in mind he's not writing to a 3rd grade audience (or is he?)
David Mamet: Gun Laws and the Fools of Chelm