Just to be abundantly clear, our Second Amendment to the US Constitution neither had nor has anything to do with hunting, shooting at targets or protecting our homes, family and property.
Our Founding Fathers intentionally and with great deliberation reserved that, “…the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”
Thomas Jefferson expounded upon this topic: “I hold it that a little rebellion now and then is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical. Unsuccessful rebellions indeed generally establish the encroachments on the rights of the people which have produced them.” “…It is a medicine necessary for the sound health of government.”
Jefferson, Thomas. “Revolution and Reformation.” Thomas Jefferson on Politics and Government. Compiled and edited by Eyler Robert Coates, Sr
In a bit of Frankensteinish comparison; we the American people recognized the need for a governmental body and created it. However, in recognition that this bastard child might well grow into a monster, we reserved the means to control it lest it turn upon and eat the master.
This then is the reason…we are not held by nor behold to the government; it is our property and we have duty and an ultimate responsibility to control it.
As Pogo observed: “Yep son, we have met the enemy and he is us.”
I do apologize for my addiction to quoting Pogo. I believe that, intellectually, he is one of the truly Great Americans.