- D.A. Carson
I own a shotgun and I'm a Republican, but I'm not a big "gun guy." Regardless, I tend to bristle when I think about the types of restrictions that we could willingly shackle ourselves with in the name of safety and gun control.
I saw this clip the other day (courtesy of my wife's Facebook page), and thought it was pertinent to today's gun control conversation. The 2nd Amendment, I think, is not primarily about hunting or sporting uses of firearms. Just look at the context, the "right to bear arms" verbiage is sandwiched between phrases like "well-regulated militia" and, "No soldier, in time of peace ...".
A government is less inclined to turn on its citizens if that government knows its citizens will fire back with a vengeance. What's more, a foreign power is less inclined to invade a country whose citizens are armed to the teeth.
I don't know an easy answer, but I don't think a sensible answer is to minimize the intent of the 2nd Amendment.