First off, I'm not a conservative. I'm a socialist, and I'm probably further left than you are. And I support weapons rights.
You are flat out wrong about guns not being necessary in "today's HIGH TECH SOCIETY." And you may be not be aware of it, but that society is not evenly spread over this continent.
I live in a poor rural area. I see weatherbeaten men with holes in their jeans counting out their coins for common caliber rifle shells at the hardware store counter during hunting seasons.
Literally millions of Americans live in rural areas, areas so far back in the woods that most urbanites would call it "wilderness." The conservatives have been trying for years to take away these folks' food stamps and welfare, and you liberals have constantly placated and imitated them, and allowed horrific cuts and restrictions, like Bill Clinton's welfare hack job (in his competition with Newt Gingrich).
And now you want to take away their hunting too?
What do you propose that these people eat?
And you can talk about city society all you like, but considering the atmosphere in this country, even if I didn't think it was a principle, which I _do_, I would oppose "gun control" as a practical matter. I don't want the cops, the military, the KKK, the Mafia, the gangbangers, the anti-union company goons, the anti-abortion loonies, the gaybashers, and other assorted right-wing nuts to be the only ones armed.
And from the point of view of social insurance, if a Bill Clinton, with his "Effective Death Penalty and Anti-Terrorism Act" or a George Bush Jr. with his "PATRIOT Act" hesitate even TEN SECONDS before putting their disgusting plans into operation because they are frightened of the armed population, it is still worth ALL of the casualties of the "crazed shooter run amuck" incidents of the last century.
More people die from on-the-job accidents and occupational diseases in the U.S. than by gunshot. Even more die from work-related causes than from our tragically-high highway toll. If you really want to save lives, how about a little "boss control"?
It's not having the means of implementing the LEGITIMATE SOCIAL RIGHT of armed self-defense that is the problem with our society, and that results in the wholescale violence that causes your fear and unreasoning opposition to gun rights.
It's the almost complete ABSENCE of OTHER social rights.
When people aren't given a REASON to align themselves with society at large, they won't. And we Americans are given very little reason to do so. We have the least extensive and most poorly funded social programs in the industrialized world.
Canadians are almost as heavily armed as we are. If you only count long arms, not handguns, they are MORE heavily armed than we are.
However, even Canada's conservatives support social programs that the most "left-wing" Democrat doesn't advocate, or would even oppose.
That's why they have less violence in their society.
Your call for disarming the public, to clean up a social violence "mess," is short-sighted.
Try applying similar logic to other rights. Voting causes a big social mess. Billion$ spent, tying up of government labor and resources, attention that could go to solving problems...stirs up strife among the people...
Following your logic, we should abolish elections.
I'll keep my guns, thank you.
"The whole population shall be armed." -- "The Demands of the Communist Party in Germany," Marx and Engels
"Arms and ammunition are on no account to be handed over; every attempt at disarmament must be frustrated, by force if need be." -- Address of the Central Committee to the Communist League, March 1850