You all make good points, but keep this in mind... The military has long had better weaponry than any civilian has had in the past 100 years. When the 2nd amendment was included in the Constitution, its primary purpose was to pretty much prevent any "leader" from coming along and establishing a military dictatorship through heavy handed means. Remember, the true heart of democracy is a commitment to debate, not violence, to settle an issue. I believe both parties are firmly in belief of upholding this even when a decision by the majority is unpopular. We citizens, who take advantage of our rights to own guns for recreational purposes, are being blindsided into thinking that this very special right is somehow going to prevent any type of military force from taking over. We are foolish to even think a military takeover would ever happen to begin with, but if you think about it, it wouldn't matter how much we stock piled from the local gun dealers, we would still be no match. What we should be thankful for is that recreational weapons are still, and should be, legal for our use as both means of individual protection as well as hunting. We also be thankful that this right isn't a blank check - there is no need for grenade launchers, fully automatic, and in many cases (not all) semi-automatic weapons among the masses. For those of you wanting to rebut that, just be thankful the recent mall shootings were done with handguns rather than done in the style (ala the middle east) with grenade launchers, automatic weapons, etc. No amount of weaponry you have on you while shopping in your local music store will allow to defend yourself on such an occassion. To conclude on a lighter note though... We're in a day and age where no political candidate would even attempt to repeal any such constitutional right...let alone repeat some of the mistakes of just attempting to curb any right as was attempted the past 8 years by-you-know who in the oval office. Unpopular, and even unconstitutional policies, make for unpopular politics and parties. The GOP just got a heaping dose of humble pie for that very reason and I'm not even talking about the presidential election - if you don't believe me, try reading the news the whole week following the election. Believe me, the Dems would find just how tolerant America would be if such a provision that would infringe greatly on the 2nd amendment would pass. It ain't going to happen.