When the second amendment was written, there was pretty much no difference in advantage between weapons that the government/army could own and what a private person could own. So looking at the second amendment through modern eyes, it becomes very evident that the rationale used for including the second amendment in the constitution is ridiculously outdated. It's been outdated for at least 100 years and it becomes even more laughably outdated each year and decade as new modern weapons are developed and the power gap between the weapons the government owns and private citizens own widens.
If you think that private citizens should have the right to own guns because it would be unjust to allow the evil despotic government to own them while private citizens remain defenseless, then how do you feel about other weapons? According to that reasoning, then surely there should be a level playing field in your weapon-based utopia and private citizens should have access to the same weapons that the government has access to. So with that in mind, please answer me these two questions:
1. Do you think that private citizens should be allowed to have nuclear weapons because we know for a fact that government has nuclear weapons?
2. If you don't think that private citizens should be allowed to own nuclear weapons, then why do you think that they should be allowed to own ordinary guns? What exactly is your rationale for thinking that guns are okay for private ownership, but nuclear weapons are not? What is the magic line between the two?
If the government is so evil, then why is it that republicans allow it to have a military so powerful that is spends more U.S. tax payer money on weapons than all these other countries combined??
Using your own idiotic rationale, then shouldn't the evil despotic government have a military that is weak, so that private citizens that paid for that military would have an easier time fighting it should the government get out of control? Why make the military this strong then? Please, enlighten me...
And by the way: The country is almost 250 years old. In all that time, when have the people EVER been even close to taking up arms and fighting against the government? Unless you count the Civil War as such an event, and that was over 150 years ago. And the government still won.
This is absolutely priceless: The same right wingers who enabled the Patriot Act, which gives the government the power to interfere in any area of your private life if they feel like it are going to sit here and give lectures about how we should be suspicious of the government? Priceless!
Keep in mind that a growing number of Americans (in this case, firearm owners) are Libertarians, NOT Republicans. So your tirade about military spending and government surveillance of citizens is "preaching to the choir" when it comes to us.
The fact that we waste so much $$$ trying to be the world police sickens me, not to mention it makes the rest of the world hate us when we stick our nose where it doesn't belong. The US should have a sufficient military to defend our country, and not much past that. Don't even get me started on the Patriot Act, NSA, etc...