If the Second Amendment to our Constitution had been written to protect hunters, collectors and the occasional home owner from a burglar then those who oppose the ownership of assault rifles and large bore rifles would have legitimate grounds for their positions. Unfortunately for them, that is not why the Second Amendment was written and approved.
Before anyone unfamiliar with American history, both pre- and immediately post Revolutionary jumps any conclusion concerning my sanity, my patriotism or any possibility that I am a paid employee of the firearms industry I suggest that they take up their own study of history. I suggest this because I am absolutely certain that the vast majority of Americans are not aware that the right to keep and bear arms was guaranteed for one very simple reason. That reason was, and according to the Constitution; and ignoring laws passed during and after the Civil War, that such firearms ownership would guarantee that the citizenry of a state or the country as a whole would have the weaponry needed arms to overthrow a government that they felt had become tyrannical.
Put simply, the government gave us weapons so that, if and when we felt that there was no other alternative, we could use those weapons to topple that government. This was a truly revolutionary act by the former armed revolutionaries, guerilla fighters and terrorists who constituted our first government.
It is for this reason that Americans today, just as Americans in 1785, have the right, the responsibility even, of possessing firearms equal to those used by the police and military forces of our country. The smooth bore and rifled muskets held by the citizenry then were, at the very least, equal or superior to the firearms issued to our military forces. The “coach guns” of that era are roughly equivalent to automatic assault rifles and sub-machineguns today, and nearly all of those were in private hands. The four, six and eight gauge fowling pieces used by duck and goose hunters of that era could also serve as individually manned small bore artillery.
It was the comfortable, conservative grandsons and great-grandsons of those revolutionaries who, faced with the threat to their positions brought about by the Civil War, decided that stability was far more important than the revolutionary ideals upon which this country was founded. It was they who pushed for and had passed laws that made it a crime punishable by death to advocate that any state secede from the Union. It was they who started to change our history. It was they, frightened by the challenge the Confederacy represented to the status quo, who determined that no such challenge in any manner be allowed.