Every time a gun control argument comes up, the discussion invariably comes down to the people’s supposed right to defend themselves vs. the safety of society as a whole. Reflecting on this issue recently, it occurred to me that personal safety vs. collective safety actually is actually a secondary consideration at best. The real value of the second amendment is not that it allows individuals to protect themselves against would-be criminals, but rather that it allows the citizenship to protect itself against the government.
When the founding fathers wrote the constitution, they were in the middle of a conflict with a tyrannical British government and they were keenly aware that the only way to avoid getting pwned by such a government is for the people to own guns. If not for the second amendment we would all be eating crumpets right now. Guns rights are the most fundamental component of a free society and are more important now than ever so that we can overthrow the Federal government when the masses finally wake up and realize how out of control things are. Amirite?