The Second Amendment
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.
The second amendment states that citizens have the right to bear arms.
Was the right to bear arms based on the fact that the guns were going to be used for recreational purposes, such as hunting? NO.
The citizenry were granted the constitutional right to bear arms in order to keep the government in-check, to keep the government afraid of its citizens. The second amendment was intended to serve as a safeguard against a tyrannical government. I don't mean to imply that we should have a revolution every time we are dissatisfied with the government and want a change that we are unable to achieve through democratic processes. In the Declaration of Independence we read that the Founding Fathers only resorted to revolution after "a long train of abuses ans usurpations" leading to "absolute despotism". They were willing to suffer the evils while they were sufferable rather than take the radical step of abolishing English rule "for light and transient causes", but they were willing to take that step when it became necessary. The second amendment is there if we need to do it again, and its presence makes it less likely that such drastic measures should ever become necessary.
Gun-free zones, ones that had mega law restrictions against the use of guns, are where the latest set of massacres have been committed. Yet politicians and progressive pundits & progressive groups are calling for more gun control. But are these people actually thinking that criminals are going to follow the new laws proposed? Criminals don't follow laws. Criminals ignore laws and will find the banned guns on the black market. If criminals want to kill then they will find a way to kill.
I do believe that a good portion of the problem lies with the mental health field and people who fall through the cracks and miss out on counseling. The mental health community needs to be reformed since the profession has more of a reactionary response after a trauma occurs instead of it being more of a preventative service stopping such tragedies like the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School prior to them occurring. While mental health services need to be reformed it is my belief that a number of problems in our society today stem from the removal of God, the replacement of moral absolutes with relativism, and the devaluing of human life. Progressives have advanced the concept that human life is dispensable. Every human life is precious from the moment of conception to natural death. We need to change societal norms from viewing God as a nemesis or not being an integral part of peoples lives to God being the center of each person's life. We need to change society from treating human persons as dispensable to being treated with love, dignity, and cherished as precious.