Jumping in rather late to the discussion. I strongly believe that people should be allowed to own guns, but there needs to be limits. I've been shooting since I was 11 years old (bet you don't find many 11 year old girls at gun ranges), and I've learned the proper way to treat guns. They're not toys, simple as that. I agree that people really don't need semi or automatic weapons. Granted, one of my father's guns is a semi-automatic AK-47, but our gun range strictly upholds a "no rapid fire" rule, so it's treated as non-automatic weapon. Banning guns all together isn't the right way to go about it. That'll just make criminals want and buy them even more. However, I am a believer in strong background checks. I don't think it's an invasion of privacy to receive a background check for a weapon. I mean, if you're so worried about them "discovering" something in their background check, you shouldn't have a gun in the first place, in my opinion. BB Guns have always ticked me off. Since I was raised with real guns, I know how to properly treat them. However, you still get these punk kids with BB guns who think it's fun to shoot cars and other things in the neighborhood.