I believe with the right to keep and bear arms comes responsibility and I believe American society as a whole has shown a general unwillingness to accept the responsibilities that come with that particular right. In refusing to accept the responsibilities that come with certain rights, aren't we-- as a society-- forfeiting those rights?
Do we, as a people, truly deserve the right to keep and bear arms if we don't accept all of the responsibilities that come with that right?
While there are plenty of people who DO accept and respect those responsibilities... sadly there are enough that don't to ruin it for the rest... therein lies the problem.
The same could be said for freedom of speech and freedom of the press... Those are also rights we're playing fast and loose with, rights we aren't using but abusing... and in abusing those rights the threat of them being taken away is a very real one.But with all of this said-- the government is supposed to be a servant, not a ruler of the people. In forfeiting our right to keep and bear arms to that government. We are ceding them greater power. In ceding them that power, what weight will we as a people have if we choose to (in the words of our founding forefathers), "petition the government for a redress of grievances"? Do we really want to forfeit a right that would essentially turn our government from a servant of the people into a ruler of the people?
Our founding fathers were explicit in the wording of the 2nd ammendment and as much as those 2nd ammendment rights may have been granted as tools for early Americans to provide for and protect their families, those rights are also there to allow the people the opportunity to prevent our government from ever becoming a tyrrany or dictatorship. What weight will our greivances against the government have if the government can arm against not only its enemies but also its very citizens without fear of reprisal from its citizens?