So here's an interesting take on guns. Everybody is always saying guns are bad and should be banned. Well according to the founding fathers, gun ownership should be a CORE RIGHT of all Americans. I think people in America quickly forget that without guns we would be part of England still. The founding fathers understood this more than anybody and the reason they wanted citizens to have the RIGHT to own guns is because they didn't know what the future held for America. In the words of Thomas Jefferson in the Declaration of Independence: The founding fathers didn't want to create a society in which the government had more power than the collective power of the people. This is why they believed that standard issue military and militia weapons should be available to common citizens. Don't think guns hadn't been used to kill innocent people when the founding fathers wrote the Constitution. They knew full well that guns could be used for bad purposes. They also felt it was such an important RIGHT that they would put it as the 2nd amendment, 2nd to only free speech. I've also heard that it was originally planned to be the 1st amendment, that's how important this RIGHT was to the founding fathers. They wanted gun ownership to be a core right of all Americans for generations to come. I'm sure pro2A can correct any inaccuracies in this post or add some more details.