The genie is already out of the bottle; there' is ZERO CHANCE that we'll ever legally get all guns off the streets. This is the reality. So the theory of a "gun free" America is silly. I don't see it ever happening. My point? Let's not talk about a wishful way of life that will never happen. Guns are America; America is guns. Rather than try to wish that undone, let's focus on what can be done.
I do recognize we have a process to achieve this, legally. It's called amending the Constitution. If enough of the public wants it, it will happen. Until then, the 2A stands. We have a "right" to firearms. I remind many that we tried this with other "rights"; the 18th and 21st Amendments. And just so we're clear, Congress does not ratify the Constitution; the States do. Despite the influx of national wants, States themselves have been more and more gun-friendly over the last two decades. Lose the 2A? Not likely. So quit daydreaming.
Want to remove guns as a right? That's your opinion; I'm OK with some having this viewpoint. Removing guns as a "right" would make my life easier as a cop, but not as a citizen.
As a cop, not only would my life be easier without the 2A, but why don't we remove the 1A, 4A and 5A while we're at it? (I'm being facetious ...)
Should we need to prove that we can earn the "privilege" of free speech, or assembly, or faith?
Should we need to apply for a permit to NOT be stopped without cause, searched at random or have our home ransacked?
Should we be compelled to speak against our own good at trial?
Should our trials be delayed, and behind closed doors, so that no public accountability exists?
Naw - I like it the way it is.
I should not lose my right to speak my mind, juts because someone else says something others find objectionable.
I should not lose my right to gather publicly in protest, just because some riot.
I should not lose my right to practice faith, just because some chose not to.
I should not lose my right to privacy, just because some harbor evil in their homes.
I should not lose my right to silence, just because some want to beat it out of me.
And I should not lose my right to self-defense via arms, just because some have murder in their head.
The government has ZERO responsibility to protect you and me; that is abundantly clear via several SCOTUS decisions. Therefore, I choose to protect myself, family and friends. What you do in your home is of no consequence to me, until you presume that your way of life should befit me. Your willingness to not exercise a right is NOT (repeat N-O-T) a good cause to remove my ability to exercise that same right. There is a BIG difference between the choice of not exercising a right, versus taking it from others. And just because some don't see value in the 2A, does not mean their opinion fits my life. We have the BoR for a reason, after all.
By the way, we do have a means of removing guns away from dangerous people; it's called Due Process. Get convicted of a felony? Lose your 2A. Get convicted of violent domestic violence? Lose your 2A. Be adjudicated of mental illness? Lose your 2A. The problem here is that Due Process only works IF IT'S FOLLOWED. Just like this thread is all about, and I've said before, the SYSTEM failed here; the Constitution didn't fail here.
FBI, BSO, resource Deputy; their failure to act is NOT cause to remove my rights.
I'll give up my guns when others agree to give up their rights of free speech, public gatherings, warrant searches, and silence at public trial.