Immigration, particularly the huge influx of both legal and illegal immigrants from Latin America (across the largely unguarded Mexican border) has been all over the news lately (for the last couple years, since the results of the 2000 Census were published). I wonder how these immigrants view guns, gun ownership, and if they recognize a "right" to keep and bear arms? Right now, I think most of these Latinos are both isolated from mainstream American society, and segregated within it. And right now, I believe that Latino immigrants' interest in guns is primarily self-defense, although just owning one for the sake of owning one, just because it's available here and wasn't available wherever they were from, is a factor too. So is the machismo thing-- if you're a man, you ought to have a weapon, because weapons and fighting go hand-in-hand with being a man. Self-defense is only one possible (legitimate) reason to own a gun. White Americans whose families have been here for several generations typically also own guns for hunting, and collecting (as a hobby, or as an investment). In Georgia, Hispanics make up probably 30% of our population. It's hard to get an exact figure, because so many are illegal and so many more are not fully participating in all aspects of our society. Many of them stay under-the-radar and behind the scenes. In just a couple of generations, and within our lifetime, Hispanics will probably be the numerical majority in our state, although their influence in the polictical process may not be as strong as their numbers would support. What is the future of the Second Amendment and Georgia's gun laws when all those Hispanics get politically active and start taking positions on certain controversial issues? Will they be conservative or liberal? Will they vote according to the doctrine of the Church, or the socialist ideology of the country that they (or their parents) left? Who will be their first generation of popular and well-respected Latin-American leaders, and what sort of life experiences relating to guns, gun control, and gun rights, will those leaders bring to the table when deciding how the Hispanic community should react to some new proposed legislation? Who here is in favor of taking a Mexican shooting ? (I mean as a guest, and returning him safely thereafter !!!) Does anyone here think that even illegal immigrants ought to try to integrate into our society as much as possible, including asserting their "rights" as well as bearing their responsibilities? (You gotta admit, Hispanics are a hard-working bunch. There's a lot more of them living off wages earned from hard labor than living off of some welfare program). Or should we take the attitude of, "You're not really an American yet, so don't go thinking or acting like one! Guns are for people like US, not people like YOU!" When people like them outnumber people like us, and they get to set whatever gun control policy they think is in the best interest of THEIR PEOPLE, how will our attitudes toward them today shape our whole society's gun rights in the future? .