RE: Are today’s Republican’s responsible for the increase in violence in this country?

“Lobbying for special protection”?

Actually, they could quite easily since that special protection comes from the phrase “the right to keep and bear arms”. Arms refers to armaments, which would include knives and swords. While nobody has attempted to take away our cutlery, it is protected under the same document. So it would be “special protection” only insofar as the right to free speech is a special protection.