In the debate as to whether the Second Amendment is indeed valid, here is an exchange I had today with a liberal on my Facebook:
My feeling on gun control is that it is not a right, and should be a privilege (like getting a license to drive, practice law, etc.). Yes, I know that most believe the 2nd Amendment provides a right, but my response would be twofold: first, it's open to interpretation when you include the statement regarding being a member of a militia (the "collective rights" interpretation); and second, the founding fathers (especially Jefferson) considered the Constitution to be a "living document" that should be amended as society's needs evolve. Jefferson wrote: ""I am not an advocate for frequent changes in laws and constitutions, but laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind. As that becomes more developed, more enlightened, as new discoveries are made, new truths discovered and manners and opinions change, with the change of circumstances, institutions must advance also to keep pace with the times." (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Living_Constitution)
Nearly every country that has instituted strict gun laws has seen a dramatic decline in gun violence (the most notable exception being Brazil). A recent article by Ezra Klein provides interesting facts about guns and mass shootings in the U.S. ( see http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2012/12/14/nine-facts-about-guns-and-mass-shootings-in-the-united-states/ ).
The time has come where society is ready to implement sensible gun control laws that will protect its citizens from the mindless slaughter that occurs every day due to guns.
All liberals believe that it is the government that grants rights. In other words, it is the government that bestows “privileges” upon us. It was this mind set that our Founding Fathers wanted to break away from in the New World. What makes America unique is our insistence on the rights of the people. At a time when the federal government is overreaching its bounds more than ever, you will never get the American populace to relinquish their firearms. And this will guarantee that the American people shall not fall prey to tyrants.