In 1982, a Senate Judiciary Committee report claimed "the second amendment to our Constitution was intended as an individual right of the American citizen to keep and carry arms in a peaceful manner, for the protection of himself, his family, and his freedoms."
Ignored was that so called individual rights violate those of most others. Death or injury by gun violence in American exceeds vulnerability anywhere else and then some.
US communities are unsafe. Police on routine street or traffic patrol wear bulletproof vests for protection. At one time, it was unheard of. Today it's standard practice.
Gun violence touches every segment of society. It happens on streets, in homes, at work, in schools, numerous other places, and by self-inflicted shootings.
Major incidents like Virginia Tech and Norwalk, CT make headlines. Thousands of other shootings go unnoticed.
CDC calls firearm deaths "an important public health concern." Congress dismisses it. Vulnerability to domestic gun-related death or injury exceeds some US war theaters.
Instead of shocking politicians to act, they support the virtual unrestricted right to bear arms. Automatic ones are prohibited. They're easily obtained, nonetheless. Powerful semi-automatic assault ones are freely bought and sold.
Eastcoastfirearms.com lists numerous ones for sale. They include AK-47 (Kalashnikov) assault rifles, AR-15/M16 type rifles, Uzi assault weapons, LWRC M6A2s (called the most modern carbine rifle in the world), and various others with considerable firepower.
Progressive jurists and others take issue with modern-day Second Amendment interpretation. It states:
"A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed."
Journalist/historian Garry Wills calls supportive Second Amendment views muddled and tendentious. Their arguments replicate insurrectionist ones.
"Only madmen, one would think, can suppose that militias have a constitutional right to levy war against the United States, which is treason by constitutional definition."
"Yet the body of writers who proclaim themselves at the scholarly center of the Second Amendment's interpretation say that a well-regulated body authorized by the government is intended to train itself for action against the government."
He added that "Perhaps it is the quality of their arguments that makes them hard to take seriously."
In 2008, a District of Columbia v. Heller Supreme Court amicus curiae submitted by 15 prominent academics and writers concluded as follows: