Watch this video carefully. If you cannot or it becomes unavailable, it is a segment of the character Toby, from the show The West Wing arguing with an opponent of gun control laws. This is what the progressives and other enemies of liberty and restrained government do. Note how the character misquoted the 2nd amendment and completely changed its meaning by putting the emphasis on the preamble rather than the operative part of the law.
The 2nd Amendment actually states:
“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.” [emphasis added]
It’s THE PEOPLE, stupid. Not the militia. The same people mentioned in the 4th amendment and the 10th amendment. It is amazing that in the US this was almost universally interpreted in one way by the courts until the thirties when the progressive movement dedicated to destroying the constitutional republic finally gained enough steam to begin to ignore previous decisions and make up its own interpretation. Because historically there is nothing would be tyrants love less than an armed populace.
Ironically, much of the gun control legislation only does one thing. It makes people feel better. It calms their irrational fear with an irrational “solution”. That is it. But that is how progressives sell their infringements on liberty. Of course, infringement is an interesting word. Every time you just shear off the fringe of the blanket you do two things. You get a smaller blanket and a new fringe. But we will just cut it a little here. And we won’t touch the main part of the blanket. It is a great blanket and we love it. And the people applaud. Snip. Snip. Snip. And they get you to strike the ultimate faustian deal by trading your liberty for a little bit of false security as they repeatedly cut the blanket of liberty down to size.
But maybe we should end the mental masturbation that convinces people that their fears or opinions get to trump other people’s fundamental human rights. Fortunately the founders understood this problem and created a republic instead of a democracy. And fortunately they were smart enough to back it up with firepower by specifically calling out and protecting the already existing fundamental and unalienable right to self defense against criminals and would be tyrants.