The actual text of the 2nd Amendment.... The purpose of the 2nd Amendment was to ensure that the states could defend themselves. Seeing as how the states themselves no longer have dedicated militias, and the Supreme Court previously ruled against the wording of the 2nd Amendment itself, the Amendment no longer means what it was intended to. When the 2nd Amendment was ratified, it was not intended to give everyone the right to own a gun just because they felt like it. It's intent, as stated in the 2nd Amendment, was to give people the right to "keep and bear Arms" for the expressed purpose of maintaining a "well regulated militia". So, the 2nd Amendment is not applicable as it was originally written and ratified. The only part of the 2nd Amendment that people seem to comprehend is this: Even the US Supreme Court lacks the intellect to comprehend the first half... Contrary to the belief of even the US Supreme Court, there was never any intent for the 2nd Amendment to be "interpreted" any differently than it was written. It was written to be very specific, eliminating the need for interpretation, unlike most laws in the US which are intentionally written to be as vague as possible.