Why is it that my "civil libertarian" colleagues want to do away with or at least vitiate the one civil right that most effectively guarantees our freedom, namely, the right to keep and bear arms? That is the true purpose of the Second Amendment. It is not there merely to guarantee our ability to hunt, and the "well-armed militia" clause does not serve as a limitation on the right of individuals to keep and bear arms, as the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed a few years ago. The Second Amendment is there because tyranny requires an unarmed populace. Liberals have been working for decades to achieve a citizenry that is helpless and prostrate before those in power. That is the real purpose of the welfare state -- and it works like a charm, in case anybody cares to take notice.
These same colleagues also like to rag on the police as bean-brained boobs, uniformed thugs or ruthless, scheming charlatans -- which in fact a few are, though most are not. Yet these colleagues seem not to have noticed that the very gun policies they advocate would give an exclusive monopoly on firearms to these same rotters who, in their view, cannot be trusted to safeguard our constitutional rights.
But then liberalism is really a sort of religious dogma that its adherents hold to every bit as unthinkingly as they assume I hold to my Catholic faith. Which is probably why they assume, without investigating, that my Catholic faith makes no sense.