"Who are the militia? Are they not ourselves? It is feared, then, that we shall turn our arms each man against his own bosom. Congress have no power to disarm the militia. Their swords, and every other terrible implement of the soldier, are the birthright of an American... The unlimited power of the sword is not in the hands of either the federal or state governments, but, where I trust in God it will ever remain, in the hands of the people."
can be controlled with very little force - which is precisely what our standing military and law enforcement personnel represent (< 6 million professionals vs > 300 million civilians of which > 70 million keep and bear private arms.
Our Fore Fathers were civilized but definitely not domesticated.
Today, Free Citizens in our Free Society are civilized and willingly comply with the just laws and rules of a peaceful society. But we, like our Fore Fathers, will never be domesticated to the point of subservience or subjective slavery to criminals and / or elitists who would be our masters - foreign or domestic.
Your ludicrous post indicates that you simply don't understand the magnitude of the 2nd Amendment and may be too domesticated to value the Freedom it guarantees.
"As civil rulers, not having their duty to the people duly before them, may attempt to tyrannize, and as the military forces which must be occasionally raised to defend our country, might pervert their power to the injury of their fellow-citizens, the people are confirmed by the next article in their right to keep and bear their private arms".
— Tench Coxe (1755–1824), writing as "A Pennsylvanian," in "Remarks On The First Part Of The Amendments To The Federal Constitution," in the Philadelphia Federal Gazette, June 18, 1789, p. 2 col. 1
It just does not get much more clear than that but if you need more try:
"The power of the sword, say the minority..., is in the hands of Congress. My friends and countrymen, it is not so, for The powers of the sword are in the hands of the yeomanry of America from sixteen to sixty. The militia of these free commonwealths, entitled and accustomed to their arms, when compared with any possible army, must be tremendous and irresistible. Who are the militia? Are they not ourselves? Is it feared, then, that we shall turn our arms each man against his own bosom. Congress has no power to disarm the militia. Their swords and every terrible implement of the soldier are the birthright of Americans. The unlimited power of the sword is not in the hands of either the federal or state governments but where, I trust in God, it will always remain, in the hands of the people." -- Tench Coxe --
As a marine, I'm sure you learned what a gun is actually designed to do
When I am wearing MY seatbelt, it is being worn to protect MY life.
When I am wearing MY life vest, it is being worn to protect MY life.
When I am carrying MY defensive firearm, it is being carried to protect MY life.
If attacked by a criminal or crazy; my weapons, including my guns, are designed to help me stop the attack and protect MY life. Whether or not the attacker(s) survive the encounter is irrelevant to MY defense.
The term "gun rights" is a misnomer and should be restated as "arms rights". By definition and "arm" is a weapon that can be transported and operated by an individual. By definition a "weapon" is any tool that can cause physical or psychological harm to living beings.
I maintain that it is my unalienable right to keep and bear any weapon that I can transport and operate without assistance from others. The list of weapons available to me include slings, bows & arrows, guns, hammers, axes, knives, clubs and many, many more
2) Please explain how you interpret the 2nd amendment to grant "gun rights."
The 2nd amendment "grants" nothing. It is a specific, enumerated restriction on the government.
The 2nd amendment specifically recognizes my unalienable right to "keep and bear arms" and guarantees that unalienable right "shall not be infringed" by the government.
3) Please give an example of how a regulation has personally infringed your "gun rights."
Luby's Cafeteria Killeen, Texas Oct. 16, 1991. 23 murdered 20 wounded. I passed on the Luby's Lu Ann plate that day and opted for a chicken fried steak at the Hallmark Restaurant, about a mile away. Coming out of the restaurant we heard the sirens.
At that time, carrying our guns on our person was illegal so our guns were legally left in our cars. George Hennard, the murderer, did not give a crap about the law and shot 43 of my friends and neighbors who were rendered defenseless by the law.
"I would agree with St. Augustine that "an unjust law is no law at all." - Martin Luther
Is an old school slogan for military firearms instructors. If is absolutely accurate that the individual who is capable firing one well placed round at a time in the heat of battle has the best possible chance to survive the encounter.
Differing dramatically from mounted machine guns, "Assault Weapons" are designed to be man carried, automatic, high volume, high ammunition consumption firearm that can rarely sustain continuous operation for as much as one minute due to overheating, jamming, and the shear weight and volume of bullets required. They have virtually no point accuracy and are designed to strike fear in and suppress accurate return fire from an opponent in a defensive position by an attacker attempting to seize / over run that defensive position.
No matter what it looks like, that is the very definition of an Assault Weapon.
With very rare exception, Assault Weapons have been illegal in the USA since long before I was born.
Semi-automatic firearms allow for very accurate, well aimed first round and rapid following, well aimed rounds.
A man carried, automatic assault firearm is designed as an Offensive, Fire Suppression Weapon.
A man carried, semi-automatic is a "One Bullet - One Ballgame" weapon allowing an individual to engage one or more individual targets very accurately and rapidly at extended range.
No matter what it looks like, that is the very definition of a Defensive Weapon and a very capable hunting arm as well.
If a citizen who is authorized by State law to carry a defensive weapon wants to patronize a non-governmental facility and that facility does not allow firearms on it's premises, then the individual must either:
1. Patronize the facility at his/her own risk without a defensive firearm, or
2. Not patronize the facility until and unless it's "No Guns" policy changes
It is the individual's right and free choice to carry a defensive firearm
It is a business owner's right and free choice to establish the terms and conditions under which he/she will do business
Both are individual rights, not to be infringed. Neither bares any responsibility to the other.
the Free Market, NOT more regulation will sort it out.