"What men value in this world is not rights but privileges."
- H.L. Mencken
God I wish this weren't true, but for a huge number of folks this is the honest truth.
“The Second Amendment protects an individual right to possess a firearm unconnected with service in a militia, and to use that arm for traditionally lawful purposes, such as self-defense within the home.” Heller v. D.C. - June 26, 2008