Yes, why the guns refered to in the Constitution...those muzzle-loading muskets of black powder and famous inaccuarcy are now interpreted as self-loading assault rifles/machine guns/ 50 cal sniper rifles et al.
You mean the guns referred to in the constitution, which were the same ones used by government forces? If you don't take that into account you miss the point of the amendment. To stand against government tyranny.
If the point is to to enable citizens to fight back against tyranny (and it is the point) then allowing modern citizens black powder muzzle loaders is pretty useless when the various federal SWAT teams come knocking with their Vectors and tear gas.
And if you think we can't slip back into tyranny in the various western utopias (hah!) you're not paying attention. We're at most 2 generations removed from honest to god hard tyranny in several western nations and in a ton of other first world or emerging nations. Tyranny exists today in western nations. It may be soft tyranny, the kind you wouldn't use a rifle to fight back against, but it is tyranny. It's the first step on a path towards worse things. Society may never take those extra steps, but can you be sure?
But even as a practical matter, those who are unarmed are entirely dependent upon the government for protection. Entirely. And the stability and peace of modern society is the most fragile of things. If your police forces were completely unable to respond due to some unexpected event and armed men broke into your home and threatened your family, what would you do? Grab a kitchen knife? Is that what your family's safety depends upon?
Because that was exactly the case in NYC after Sandy and New Orleans after Katrina. People were having to defend their homes, possessions and families from looters at the barrel of a gun because emergency services were cut off. Hell, I lived in Baltimore a few years ago during a week where the city was hit with two blizzards several days apart (not nearly as rare or significant as a major hurricane making landfall). Several people died because emergency services couldn't reach them. Not that they didn't arrive in time, they simply couldn't get there because the city couldn't keep up with the snow plowing. Now those were older people who had heart attacks and the like, but it could just have easily been a home robbery or an assault or an rape gone from bad to worse.
I'm sorry, but I don't trust the clowns in charge (regardless of party) to protect my family in the worst moments of life. Part of my responsibility as a father and a husband is to provide that last line of protection. And a phone call to 911 isn't a guaranteed protection. Especially if the phones are down, a key road is out or the police are busy with bigger problems. Then your cell phone is a pretty flimsy last line of defense.
The saddest thing is...intelligent Americans cannot see how the rest of the world regards the absurdidty that is the 'second amendment'.
is thoughtless bullshit. You're comments are usually insightful and thought provoking. Doubly so when you are expressing opinions different than my own. I look forward to reading your counter points precisely because you express yourself well and because we so often disagree. The statement above is well below your usual quality.
But, I'll respond anyway with my thoughts on what the rest of the world thinks of our "absurdity". The rest of the world can quite simply fuck off. I have literally zero use for foreign opinions of this particular American "absurdity". Everyone out there looks down on the fact that I own several guns.. I feel ashamed of myself suddenly and wish I lived in a more Utopian place. But since I don't, and since such places don't actually exist, I'll cling to my guns and my high quality of life and the peace of mind that I'm doing everything I can to keep my family safe.
Now, if people want to ask questions about our second amendment or want to debate the need for that amendment, I welcome all comers from all countries to the debate. But as for the world's opinion on what is absurd or not, meh. My opinion of the rest of the world is probably lower than the rest of the world's opinion of the second amendment.