Keep your guns. The people have the right of self-protection and the founders expected that good government would not last and would need to be replaced. The people have the right to form a new government when the old government rots in place.
The last stanza of Cheyenne, a TV western hero played by Clint Walker is:
"Move along, Cheyenne --- Next pasture's always so green. Driftin' on, Cheyenne don't forget the things you have seen, And when you settle down where will it be? Cheyenne! Cheyenne!"
From Hugh O'Brian in Wyatt Earp:
"Wyatt Earp, Wyatt Earp, brave courageous and bold, long live his fame and long live his glory, and long may his story be told."
Cheyenne Bodie was a drifter who held many odd jobs, and because the West was dangerous, he packed a six-shooter. Wyatt Earp was a lawman, and his job was to take care of the bad guys. As such, he carried a big gun and he knew how to use it.
You may argue with me but there are lots of stories from the old west and from today's America in which the armed have saved their families by being armed.
The robbers and the thieves and the killers will never be without their weapons no matter how hard those who believe everybody is OK trump their message. Unfortunatel, everybody is not OK! Only a person armed with similar force will be able to stop a perpetrator from creating more harm.
Do you support the right to self-defense? I do! I wish nobody means harm but only a dummy thinks it will ever always be that way. The Founding Fathers believed the people should be able to defend themselves and they were miffed in their days in the old world when the King pronounced miserable tributes and they had no recourse but to become prisoners of the Crown.
The second amendment is not mischaracterized when we conclude that it gives ordinary citizens the right to bear arms? The founding fathers knew what subjugation was under King George and the right to bear arms gave the common man an equalizer. Why should anybody have the right to bear arms? Is it to kill their neighbors as in the Hatfield's and the McCoy's? I don't think so. Only in a world without bad guys would anybody be able to decide that they never would have to defend themselves.
The 2nd Amendment assures that each citizen has a right to keep and bear arms to defend his/her life, liberty, and property. There are bad guys out there wanting to take away our citizen's rights and my vote as your Senator from Pennsylvania will be to sustain the second amendment and also recognize that it exists also to help protect ordinary citizens from an intrusive confiscatory government that one day may no longer be for the people. The Founding fathers loved the idea of checks and balances, debits and credits, if you will, to keep one side from getting too powerful. As you read American History, you can see that the FOunders exepcted government to do wrong by the people and the writings show that the people should have the right to form a new government if and when that occurs.