Ryan, the amendment reads "the right to keep and bear arms".
So logic says that IF our forefathers gave us that right "in case we had to defend ourselves against the government if need be", I and others should have the right to build and keep nuclear, chemical and biological weapons. Since our government has them also. WE need them as a deterrent. If we are denied nuclear, chemical and biological weapons, the second amendment is meaningless. "WE" need the same weaponry that they have.
IF we are limited to only small arms, we have no hope of defending ourselves from a tyrannical, overbearing government.
Shifting gears a bit, this is from a recent editorial in the Washington Post:
In fact, the
federal government of our Founders made gun
ownership mandatory for white males, while
denying others — slaves and later freedmen
— the privilege.
Today, the most vociferous defenders of gun
rights tend to be white, rural males who oppose
any regulation. But theirs was once the ardently
held position of radical African-Americans.
Notably, in the 1960s, Black Panthers Bobby
Seale and Huey Newton toted guns wherever
they went to make a point: Blacks needed guns
to protect themselves in a country that wasn’t
quite ready to enforce civil rights.
In one remarkable incident in May 1967, as
recounted in The Atlantic by UCLA law professor
Adam Winkler, 24 men and six women,
all armed, ascended the California capitol
steps, read a proclamation about gun rights
and proceeded inside — with their guns, which
was legal at the time.
Needless to say, conservatives, including
then-Gov. Ronald Reagan, were suddenly very,
very interested in gun control. That afternoon,
Reagan told reporters there was “no reason why
on the street today a citizen should be carrying
loaded weapons.” The degree of one’s allegiance
to principle apparently depends mainly on who is holding
the gun. While black activists were adamant about
their right to protect themselves, the National
Rifle Association wasn’t much interested in
the constitutional question until the mid-’70's.
(I just LOVE this story!)