How did we get from what constitutes "arms" to nobody having guns?I was in the Bass Pro by the DFW airport a few years ago. I was looking at ammo (when that was an option). I started chatting with this other guy doing the same thing. He had immigrated to the US several years before from a country in Africa. I don't remember which one. Maybe Mali? Anyway, he starts telling me (very passionately) about how American's don't know how good they have it with the 2nd amendment and how we take it for granted. He goes on to tell me that guns had been banned in his country. He said there were really few people outside of criminals who had guns.
He said the way people would rob you in his country was very different than here in the US. You would get a knock on your door and when you opened it there would be a group of a few guys with a gas can and box of matches. They would ask for whatever they were going to ask you for. And if you didn't comply they would dump gas on your porch and burn your house down. They knew nobody had any guns to fight them with.
I always think of that conversation whenever this topic comes up.
The 2A is a great Amendment. I'm damn glad we have it and I wish other's countries did too. But fighting to keep the right to "bear arms" is not the same as fighting for the right to own anything and everything. That's where the pro-gun crowd loses the bulk of support among typical Americans. Insisting that we must be able to own suitcases full of 50 round magazines and bump stocks to defend ourselves just doesn't sound very reasonable to the average voter.
That's actually what worries me most - is that the loudest arguments by the pro-gun crowd are going to sound so extreme to the typical voter that they ( the loud pro-gun crowd ) will cause the rest of us to lose what rights we have.