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I find myself in a serious minority on this issue. Mostly arguments over guns come down to "omg, nothing is worse than kids dying because of lethal weapons", and, "my right to hunt and defend my home is in the Constitution"
Almost never do I see many folks thinking of it as I do. Our right to bears arms is there to keep the ultimate power in the hands of the People. In 1787, the primary tool of abuse by governments was the Army. The founders did not envision a standing Army for the country for exactly this reason. By the wording of the 2nd amendment, "necessary to the security of a FREE State." This right is there for the assurance of a free state. By referring to militias, they were delineating between hunting/protection, and the resistance of the people to abuses by the government. They enshrined a private right to bear arms so that the government could not remove/control this final protection of freedom.
As far as the left's argument, I am an asshole. Freedom does not come without sacrifice and the bearing of risk. The individual danger of keeping and bearing arms does not outweigh the long term dangers of an unarmed populace. I believe this right is essential to passing freedom to my great-great-grandkids.
For the hunting/personal protection crowd. Get over yourself. It's not about YOU. It's about US, inclusive of those unborn Americans.
Funnily enough I do not support people having much heavier than long-arms. In a true revolt/revolution. much of the military will split. If it has gone far enough that the services are segregated emotionally from the rest of the US, we're fucked anyway, even if a large group of people have access to a few heavy weapons.
What do YOU think?
For ease of argument;
The 2nd Amendment:
"A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed."
The 9th Amendment:
"The enumeration of the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people."