"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 U.S. Supreme Court is set to hear an important case regarding the second amendment. Interestingly, this case is brought by a citizen from the District of Columbia, which is not a State.
Especially during the last 50 years, we have seen a steady erosion of the constitutionally guaranteed right. And this is certainly an individuals right. The historical minuteman was the citizen-soldier always ready to grab his rifle at a moments notice to protect himself, his family, and his community.
Notice that it says the right is to keep (own, have possession of), and bear (carry on your person), arms (plural, multiple). And that right shall not be infringed (impeded, encroached, invalidate, violate).
This right has been attacked and infringed on every level. Right now the main discussion is the right of an individual to just have a firearm. The right to bear it is already severely restricted. Waiting periods, conceal-and-carry permits, etc. all certainly infringe this right.
We are like the frog in a pot of water that is beginning to boil. If the Court determines the second amendment applies to the States instead of the individual, this right will have been removed from individuals. Combined with the Federal Governments refusal to protect the States from invasion, we are between a rock and a hard place.